Contemporary research in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo', has to date been predominantly devoted to interpreting basic features of animal architecture in molecular genetics terms. Considerably less time has been spent on the exploitation of the wealth of facts and concepts available from traditional disciplines, such as comparative morphology, even though these traditional approaches can continue to offer a fresh insight into evolutionary developmental questions. The Development of Animal Form aims to integrate traditional morphological and contemporary molecular genetic approaches and to deal with post-embryonic development as well. This approach leads to unconventional views on the basic features of animal organization, such as body axes, symmetry, segments, body regions, appendages and related concepts. This book will be of particular interest to graduate students and researchers in evolutionary and developmental biology, as well as to those in related areas of cell biology, genetics and zoology.
Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The nature of development; 2. Everything begun to the service of development: cellular Darwinism and the origin of animal form; 3. Development: generic to genetic; 4. Periodization; 5. Body regions, their boundaries and complexity; 6. Differentiation and patterning; 7. Size factors; 8. Axes and symmetries; 9. Segments; 10. Evo-devo perspectives on homology; Summary and conclusions; References; Index.
The Development of Animal Form integrates traditional morphology and contemporary molecular genetics while incorporating research on post-embryonic development. The result is unconventional views of basic animal organization. The book will interest graduate students and researchers of evolutionary and developmental biology, and scholars in cell biology, genetics and zoology.
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