Reinterpreting recapitulation: systematics of needlefishes and their allies (Teleostei: Beloniformes).

  title={Reinterpreting recapitulation: systematics of needlefishes and their allies (Teleostei: Beloniformes).},
  author={Nathan R. Lovejoy},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={54 4},
As needlefishes (Belonidae) grow, their jaws pass through a "halfbeak" stage that resembles the adult jaw condition of the closely related family of halfbeaks (Hemiramphidae). Based on this pattern, some authors have suggested that halfbeaks are "developmentally arrested" or paedomorphic needlefish derivatives, whereas others have supported the notion that needlefishes are descended from halfbeak-like ancestors and that needlefish ontogeny thereby recapitulates phylogeny. To test these ideas… CONTINUE READING
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