In this section, we describe the major components of the forebrain in the context of their developmental origins and following the framework of the prosomeric model of Puelles and Rubenstein (Fig. 2). Although this model is still changing as new data accrue (in fact, we introduce some changes here), we suggest that it provides a useful conceptual format to integrate developmental mechanisms with the complex morphology of the forebrain. It is important to note that other morphological models of the forebrain have been postulated, including neuromeric and nonneuromeric
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