Evolution of median fin modules in the axial skeleton of fishes.

  title={Evolution of median fin modules in the axial skeleton of fishes.},
  author={Paula M. Mabee and Patricia L. Crotwell and Nathan Craig Bird and Ann Campbell Burke},
  journal={The Journal of experimental zoology},
  volume={294 2},
Detailed examples of how hierarchical assemblages of modules change over time are few. We found broadly conserved phylogenetic patterns in the directions of development within the median fins of fishes. From these, we identify four modules involved in their positioning and patterning. The evolutionary sequence of their hierarchical assembly and secondary dissociation is described. The changes in these modules during the evolution of fishes appear to be produced through dissociation, duplication… CONTINUE READING
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