Plasticity and patterns of evolution in mammalian salivary glands: comparative immunohistochemistry of lysozyme in bats.

@article{Phillips1998PlasticityAP,
  title={Plasticity and patterns of evolution in mammalian salivary glands: comparative immunohistochemistry of lysozyme in bats.},
  author={Carleton J. Phillips and Avery H. Weiss and Bernard Tandler},
  journal={European journal of morphology},
  year={1998},
  volume={36 Suppl},
  pages={19-26}
}
Salivary gland plasticity was a significant adaptive feature in the mammalian radiation. This plasticity is reflected in remarkable and well-documented interspecific phenotypic variation in gland ultrastructure and in the chemical components of saliva. However, comparative data are still too sparse for determination of evolutionary trends that combine phenotypic patterns with evolutionary history and the actual secretory products. Although our theoretical approach assumes that natural selection… CONTINUE READING