Developmental paleobiology of the vertebrate skeleton

Martin Rücklin, Philip C. J. Donoghue, John A. Cunningham, Federica Marone & Marco Stampanoni
Studies of the development of organisms can reveal crucial information on homology of structures. Developmental data are not peculiar to living organisms, and they are routinely preserved in the mineralized tissues that comprise the vertebrate skeleton, allowing us to obtain direct insight into the developmental evolution of this most formative of vertebrate innovations. The pattern of developmental processes is recorded in fossils as successive stages inferred from the gross morphology of multiple specimens and, more...
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