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Amphioxus: a peaceful anchovy fillet to illuminate Chordate Evolution (I).

Authors
  • Garcia-Fernàndez, Jordi
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Biological Sciences
Publisher
Ivyspring International Publisher
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
2
Issue
2
Pages
30–31
Identifiers
PMID: 16733530
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The cephalochordate amphioxus occupies a central place in evolutionary thoughts to the origin of Vertebrates. With a prototypical vertebrate-like body plan and a preduplicative genome, the friendly lancelet seems to be in morphological and genetic motionless since its separation from the major branch of evolution that eventually ended up in our corner in the Animal Kingdom. This makes it an ideal model system with which, with the current development of genomic and experimental tools, an Evo-Devo approach to the understanding of the origin of vertebrates looks proper, reliable, and excitingly promising.

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