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Evolution of eyes and photoreceptor cell types.
  • D. Arendt
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The International journal of developmental…
  • 1 December 2003
The evolution of the eye is a matter of debate ever since Darwin's Origin of Species. While morphological comparisons of eye anatomy and photoreceptor cell types led to the view that animal eyesExpand
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Molecular Architecture of Annelid Nerve Cord Supports Common Origin of Nervous System Centralization in Bilateria
To elucidate the evolutionary origin of nervous system centralization, we investigated the molecular architecture of the trunk nervous system in the annelid Platynereis dumerilii. Annelids belong toExpand
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Vasa unveils a common origin of germ cells and of somatic stem cells from the posterior growth zone in the polychaete Platynereis dumerilii.
To elucidate the evolution of germ cell specification in Metazoa, recent comparative studies focus on ancestral animal groups. Here, we followed the germline throughout the life cycle of theExpand
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Evolution of the bilaterian larval foregut
Bilateria are subdivided into Protostomia and Deuterostomia. Indirect development through primary, ciliary larvae occurs in both of these branches; however, the closing blastopore develops into mouthExpand
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Ciliary Photoreceptors with a Vertebrate-Type Opsin in an Invertebrate Brain
For vision, insect and vertebrate eyes use rhabdomeric and ciliary photoreceptor cells, respectively. These cells show distinct architecture and transduce the light signal by differentExpand
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Profiling by Image Registration Reveals Common Origin of Annelid Mushroom Bodies and Vertebrate Pallium
The evolution of the highest-order human brain center, the "pallium" or "cortex," remains enigmatic. To elucidate its origins, we set out to identify related brain parts in phylogenetically distantExpand
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Insights into bilaterian evolution from three spiralian genomes
Current genomic perspectives on animal diversity neglect two prominent phyla, the molluscs and annelids, that together account for nearly one-third of known marine species and are important bothExpand
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Illuminating the base of the annelid tree using transcriptomics.
Annelida is one of three animal groups possessing segmentation and is central in considerations about the evolution of different character traits. It has even been proposed that the bilaterianExpand
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The evolution of cell types in animals: emerging principles from molecular studies
  • D. Arendt
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Genetics
  • 1 November 2008
Cell types are fundamental units of multicellular life but their evolution is obscure. How did the first cell types emerge and become distinct in animal evolution? What were the sets of cell typesExpand
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Larval body patterning and apical organs are conserved in animal evolution
BackgroundPlanktonic ciliated larvae are characteristic for the life cycle of marine invertebrates. Their most prominent feature is the apical organ harboring sensory cells and neurons of largelyExpand
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