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Professor St.-George Jackson Mivart first described the M. levator anguli scapulae in N ecturus in 1869. He noted an origin of the long, slender muscle on the occiput, and an insertion on "the inner side of the dorsum of the scapula.'' Mivart, earlier in the same year, had used the same name· for a homologous muscle in the hell-bender; in this, he apparently adapted Funk's (1827) and Rtidinger's (1868) earlier name. Kingsley (1907) used the name M. levator scapulae for the same muscle, following an earlier pattern set by Carus (1828), Schmidt, Goddard, & van der Hoeven (1864), Humphry (1871) and Osawa (1902).

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