Sea spider development: How the encysting Anoplodactylus eroticus matures from a buoyant nymph to a grounded adult

Amy Maxmen
In order to understand how animals evolved over time, biologists must learn how their body parts form during their development. The following is a detailed description, based on imaging with nomarski optics, fluorescent microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy, of how one species of sea spider transforms from a hatchiling to an 8-legged adult. It is intended to inform hypotheses on how the arthropods evolved.
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