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The Evolution of Organ Systems

Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa


The field of systematics has developed remarkably over the last few decades. A multitude of new methods and contributions from diverse biological fields — including molecular genetics and developmental biology — have provided a wealth of phylogenetic hypotheses, some confirming traditional views and others contradicting them. There is now sufficient evidence to draw up a ‘tree of life’ based on fairly robust phylogenetic relationships. This book aims to apply these new phylogenies to an evolutionary interpretation of animal organ systems and body architecture. Organs do not appear suddenly dur ... More

Keywords: animal body organization, phylogeny, comparative morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198566687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, author
Zoological Museum, University of Hamburg, Germany