Novel Structures in Animals, Developmental Evolution of novel structures – animals

A. C. Love, D. J. Urban

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Abstract

The origination of novel structures has long been an intriguing topic for biologists. Over the past few decades it has served as a central theme in evolutionary developmental biology. Yet, definitions of evolutionary innovation and novelty are frequently debated and there remains disagreement about what kinds of causal factors best explain the origin of qualitatively new variation in the history of life. Here we examine aspects of these debates, survey three empirical case studies, and reflect on directions for future inquiry that will advance research into the developmental evolution of novel structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages136-145
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004265
ISBN (Print)9780128000496
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 14 2016

Keywords

  • Co-option
  • Development
  • Evo-devo
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Homology
  • Innovation
  • Morphology
  • Novelty
  • Origin
  • Plasticity
  • Structure

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    Love, A. C., & Urban, D. J. (2016). Novel Structures in Animals, Developmental Evolution of novel structures – animals. In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (pp. 136-145). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-800049-6.00314-0