Anterior auricular muscle

The anterior auricular muscle, the smallest of the three auricular muscles, is thin and fan-shaped, and its fibers are pale and indistinct. It arises from the lateral edge of the galea aponeurotica, and its fibers converge to be inserted into a projection on the front of the helix.

Anterior auricular muscle
Face and neck muscles. Anterior auricular muscle shown in red.
The muscles of the auricula. Anterior auricular is at right (indicated by the red arrow).
OriginTemporal fascia
InsertionMajor Helix (ear)
ArteryPosterior auricular artery
NerveTemporal branch of facial nerve
ActionsPulls ear forward
LatinMusculus auricularis anterior
Anatomical terms of muscle

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1035 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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