Diversity and evolution of the insect ventral nerve cord.

  title={Diversity and evolution of the insect ventral nerve cord.},
  author={Jeremy E. Niven and Christopher M Graham and Malcolm Burrows},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
Is the remarkable diversity in the behavior of insects reflected in the organization of their nervous systems? The ventral nerve cords (VNCs) have been described from over 300 insect species covering all the major orders. Interpreting these data in the context of phylogenetic relationships reveals remarkable diversity. The presumed ancestral VNC structure is rarely observed; instead the VNCs of most insects show extensive modification and substantial convergence. Modifications include shifts in… CONTINUE READING
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