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sea lamprey
2014-09-19 02:00:05

Lamprey — slimy, eel-like parasitic fish with tooth-riddled, jawless sucking mouths — are rather disgusting to look at, but thanks to their important position on the vertebrate family tree, they can offer important insights about the evolutionary history of our own brain development.

sea lamprey
2014-09-16 02:30:52

Sea lamprey studies show remarkably conserved gene expression patterns in jawless versus jawed vertebrates.

Notion That Hox Genes Acquire New Roles Quickly, Without Compromising Old Ones
2014-03-19 21:55:48

It’s difficult to identify a single evolutionary novelty in the animal kingdom that has fascinated and intrigued mankind more than the lantern of the firefly.

Fish DNA For Fingers
2014-01-22 12:35:31

A new study found that our fish ancestors had the genetic machinery for fingers, but these structures did not develop until the evolution of limbs in amphibians.

2013-08-12 14:03:29

A decade ago, gene expression seemed so straightforward: genes were either switched on or off.

From Fins To Limbs - How We Got Our Fingers And Toes
2012-12-15 07:25:29

A multidisciplinary international research project has identified the mechanism responsible for generating our fingers and toes.

How Fins Became Legs Revealed
2012-12-10 13:52:58

Vertebrates' transition to living on land, instead of only in water, represented a major event in the history of life.

Aquatic Eel Fossil Has Human-like Spine Morphology
2012-05-23 04:48:16

Surprise discovery contradicts theories about anatomy exclusive to land animals

2011-12-15 17:05:11

Biologists have long assumed that all jawed vertebrates possess a full complement of nearly identical genes for critical aspects of their development.

2011-10-14 09:10:38

Why don't our arms grow from the middle of our bodies?


Word of the Day
abactinal
  • Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal.
The word 'abactinal' comes from a Greek root meaning 'ray' and a Latin prefix meaning 'away'.
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