EVO-DEVOEvolution Developmental Biology
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Applies evo-devo theory to fetal growth, infancy, childhood, juvenility, adolescence, and preadulthood
In addition to the author's own analysis and observations, this book also features notes from leading clinicians and evolutionary biologists, offering additional perspectives on the relationship between evo-devo and child growth and development.
These achievements shed new light on the origin of turtles and applied the classical evo-devo model to explain the developmental process of their unique body plan.
While recent advances in both comparative genomics and experimental biology have greatly accelerated the rate of discovery in evo-devo by facilitating the study of non-traditional experimental models, we have only begun to understand how developmental mechanisms themselves first evolved, and how these ancient evolutionary events shaped the morphological evolution of lineages that persists today.
Minelli is able to show how the common structural design work of Geoffroy and the "embranchements" of Cuvier continue to be relevant to evo-devo today.
Minelli's narratives draw you into evo-devo with details about butterflies, corals, and annelids, but he then tells you something about those organisms that you probably have never paid a great deal of attention to, like leeches' double segmentation.
A multitude of fine books have already been written about evo-devo, but they mostly assume that the reader already knows a great deal about developmental and evolutionary biology Forms of Becoming is intended for the nonspecialist who wants an introduction to the field, but be forewarned: it leans toward an academic piece of writing and Minelli assumes that you already know a bit about Hox genes and molecular homologies.
Taken together, these studies should show how developmental rules elucidated in current model systems might be extended and built upon to account for the diversity and complexity of tissue forms, integrating evo-devo approaches with a mechanistic understanding of morphogenesis.
This approach is a critical step forwards in evo-devo and will provide a coupling of molecular function to concrete measure of fitness associated with the phenotype.
More recent evo-devo studies suggest that some of these transcription factors are functionally, conserved, at least in eudicot plants.