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The Neurobiology of an Insect Brain$
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Malcolm Burrows

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523444.001.0001

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Development of the nervous system Development of the nervous system

Development of the nervous system Development of the nervous system

(p.112) 4 Development of the nervous system
The Neurobiology of an Insect Brain

Malcolm Burrows

Oxford University Press

A functional nervous system must be laid down embryonically and be capable of producing adaptive movements in response to particular sensory stimuli as soon as the diminutive larval locust emerges from the ground. During embryonic development, the majority of central neurons are formed and have established their connections, as have the majority of proprioceptors at the joints. For example, all the motor neurons innervating the leg muscles have formed, all the proprioceptors at the leg joints are in place, and all the peripheral nerve pathways are established. Many exteroceptors are also formed and have established connections in the central nervous system, but others will develop postembryonically as the surface area of the body increases.

Keywords:   functional nervous system, sensory stimuli, larval locust, embryonic development, proprioceptors, motor neurons

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