Origin and early evolution of the vertebrates: new insights from advances in molecular biology, anatomy, and palaeontology.

@article{Holland2001OriginAE,
  title={Origin and early evolution of the vertebrates: new insights from advances in molecular biology, anatomy, and palaeontology.},
  author={Nicholas D. Holland and Jichun Chen},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={23 2},
  pages={142-51}
}
Recent advances in molecular biology and microanatomy have supported homologies of body parts between vertebrates and extant invertebrate chordates, thus providing insights into the body plan of the proximate ancestor of the vertebrates. For example, this ancestor probably had a relatively complex brain and a precursor of definitive neural crest. Additional insights into early vertebrate evolution have come from recent discoveries of Lower Cambrian soft body fossils of Haikouichthys and… CONTINUE READING

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