The Development and Evolution of the Turtle Body Plan: Inferring Intrinsic Aspects of the Evolutionary Process from Experimental Embryology

  title={The Development and Evolution of the Turtle Body Plan: Inferring Intrinsic Aspects of the Evolutionary Process from Experimental Embryology},
  author={Ann C. Burke},
  journal={Integrative and Comparative Biology},
  • A. Burke
  • Published 1 August 1991
  • Biology
  • Integrative and Comparative Biology
Synopsis. The body plan of turtles is unique among tetrapods in the presence ofthe shell. The structure of the carapace involves a unique relationship between the axial and the appendicular skeletons. A common developmental mechanism, an epithelial-mesenchymal interaction, has been identified in the early stages of carapace development by means of basic histological and immunofluorescence techniques. By analogy to other structures ini? tiated by epithelial-mesenchymal interactions, it is… 

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