Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: the tunicates

  title={Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: the tunicates},
  author={Patrick Lemaire},
  pages={2143 - 2152}
The tunicates, or urochordates, constitute a large group of marine animals whose recent common ancestry with vertebrates is reflected in the tadpole-like larvae of most tunicates. Their diversity and key phylogenetic position are enhanced, from a research viewpoint, by anatomically simple and transparent embryos, compact rapidly evolving genomes, and the availability of powerful experimental and computational tools with which to study these organisms. Tunicates are thus a powerful system for… 

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