How the sperm lost its tail: the evolution of aflagellate sperm.

  • Edward H Morrow
  • Published 2004 in
    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical…


The typical sperm is comprised of a head, midpiece and flagellum. Around this theme there is an enormous diversity of form--giant sperm, multi-flagellate sperm and also sperm that lack flagella entirely. Explaining this diversity in sperm morphology is a challenging question that evolutionary biologists have only recently engaged in. Nonetheless, one of the… (More)


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