Embryology of the lamprey and evolution of the vertebrate jaw: insights from molecular and developmental perspectives.

@article{Kuratani2001EmbryologyOT,
  title={Embryology of the lamprey and evolution of the vertebrate jaw: insights from molecular and developmental perspectives.},
  author={Shigeru Kuratani and Yoshiaki Nobusada and Norio Horigome and Yasuyo Shigetani},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={356 1414},
  pages={
          1615-32
        }
}
Evolution of the vertebrate jaw has been reviewed and discussed based on the developmental pattern of the Japanese marine lamprey, Lampetra japonica. Though it never forms a jointed jaw apparatus, the L. japonica embryo exhibits the typical embryonic structure as well as the conserved regulatory gene expression patterns of vertebrates. The lamprey therefore shares the phylotype of vertebrates, the conserved embryonic pattern that appears at pharyngula stage, rather than representing an… CONTINUE READING
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