Strange to say, there have been reports of cases in which the ossicles were deficient without causing any imperfection of hearing.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
One Jurassic sea-lily was found to have 600,000 distinct ossicles in its petrified frame.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
We may compare the similar thought that the ear ossicles are simply opercular bones reduced and turned to other uses.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Draw and describe the ear ossicles.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
Osselet: = ossicle; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He played at ossicles with Sporus, leaning with his left arm on a table of agate.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
About 700 species of Carboniferous fish have been described largely from teeth, spines and dermal ossicles.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The skin was clothed with long, coarse hair, and small ossicles were set into it, making minute bony plates.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
The origin of the ossicles is very doubtful.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
The ossicles are avoided by selecting a posterior portion of the membrane.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
The microscopic characters of the ossicles, too, show differences in the two.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The similarity in the morphology of these ossicles indicates a close relationship between all three genera.
"North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)" by Philip H. Krutzsch