"Neuroendocrine cells" in flatworms--progenitors to metazoan neurons?

Abstract

The integrative mechanisms in phylum Platyhelminthes are of considerable phylogenetic interest since ancestral flatworms are believed to be progenitors to all "higher" metazoans. The phylum consists of free-living and parasitic worms. In this group of early bilateral animals, the nervous system is condensed and consists of a bilobed brain and longitudinal… (More)

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