Evolutionary origin of insect wings from ancestral gills

@article{Averof1997EvolutionaryOO,
  title={Evolutionary origin of insect wings from ancestral gills},
  author={Michalis Averof and Stephen Michael Cohen},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={385},
  pages={627-630}
}
Two hypotheses have been proposed for the origin of insect wings. One holds that wings evolved by modification of limb branches that were already present in multibranched ancestral appendages and probably functioned as gills1–5. The second proposes that wings arose as novel outgrowths of the body wall, not directly related to any pre-existing limbs6. If wings derive from dorsal structures of multibranched appendages, we expect that some of their distinctive features will have been built on… Expand
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