Hagfish (cyclostomata, vertebrata): Searching for the ancestral developmental plan of vertebrates

@article{Kuratani2008HagfishV,
  title={Hagfish (cyclostomata, vertebrata): Searching for the ancestral developmental plan of vertebrates},
  author={Shigeru Kuratani and Kinya G Ota},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={2008},
  volume={30}
}
The phylogenetic position of the hagfish remains enigmatic. In contrast to molecular data that suggest monophyly of the cyclostomes, several morphological features imply a more ancestral state of this animal compared with the lampreys. To resolve this question requires an understanding of the embryology of the hagfish, especially of the neural crest. The early development of the hagfish has long remained a mystery. We collected a shallow‐water‐dwelling hagfish, Eptatretus burgeri, set up an… 

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