The Development of Animal Form: Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution

The Development of Animal Form: Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution PDF

By Alessandro Minelli

The Development of Animal Form: Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution PDF. Contemporary research in evolutionary developmental biology has 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 from traditional disciplines, such as comparative morphology. This book integrates traditional morphological and contemporary molecular genetic approaches and deals with postembryonic development as well. It offers unconventional views on the basic features of animal organization, such as body axes, symmetry, segments, body regions, appendages and related concepts. This book is of particular interest to graduate students and researchers in evolutionary and developmental biology, cell biology, genetics, and zoology.

Table of Contents

Preface page

Acknowledgements

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- Periodisation

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

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