Development of the lamprey central nervous system, with reference to vertebrate evolution.

@article{Watanabe2008DevelopmentOT,
  title={Development of the lamprey central nervous system, with reference to vertebrate evolution.},
  author={Aki Watanabe and Shigeki Hirano and Yasunori Murakami},
  journal={Zoological science},
  year={2008},
  volume={25 10},
  pages={1020-7}
}
Vertebrate brains are highly organized structures that show remarkable diversity throughout animal groups. The agnathans, which diverged from the gnathostomes early in the evolution of the vertebrates, occupy a key phylogenetic position from which to clarify the origin and evolution of the brain. We studied the developing lamprey brain and compared its developmental plan with that of the gnathostomes, in order to reconstruct the evolutionary processes of the vertebrate brain. We found that the… CONTINUE READING