Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Greg Stuart, Nelson Spruston, and Michael Häusser

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566564.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 January 2021

Evolution and scaling of dendrites

Evolution and scaling of dendrites

(p.42) (p.43) Chapter 2 Evolution and scaling of dendrites

Gayle M Wittenberg

Samuel S.-H Wang

Oxford University Press

Dendrites, the neuronal processes that receive synaptic inputs, are found in all nervous systems. The great diversity of dendrites, both within individual species and across phylogeny, reflects their adaptation to particular functional roles. This chapter uses this diversity to consider dendrites from an evolutionary perspective. It first describes some principles seen in the diversity of dendritic forms. It then seeks to explain this diversity in terms of tradeoffs among functional optimization constraints; mechanistic limits set by the available molecular toolkit; and developmental mechanisms, the targets upon which selection has acted. Finally, based on these perspectives, it identifies areas ripe for future investigation.

Keywords:   neuronal processes, dendrites, synaptic inputs, nervous system, phylogeny, evolution

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .