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Paths less traveled: evo-devo approaches to investigating animal morphological evolution.
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PMID:  23057749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
One of the chief aims of modern biology is to understand the causes and mechanisms of morphological evolution. Multicellular animals display a stunning diversity of shapes and sizes of their bodies and individual suborganismal structures, much of it important to their survival. What is the most efficient way to study the evolution of morphological diversity? The old-new field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) can be particularly useful for understanding the origins of animal forms, as it aims to consolidate advances from disparate fields such as phylogenetics, genomics, morphometrics, cell biology, and developmental biology. We analyze the structure of some of the most successful recent evo-devo studies, which we see as having three distinct but highly interdependent components: (a) morphometrics, (b) identification of candidate mechanisms, and (c) functional experiments. Our case studies illustrate how multifarious evo-devo approaches taken within the three-winged evo-devo research program explain developmental mechanisms for morphological evolution across different phylogenetic scales.
Ricardo Mallarino; Arhat Abzhanov
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of cell and developmental biology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1530-8995     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9600627     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  743-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; email:
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