The Evo-Devo Puzzle of Human Hair Patterning

  title={The Evo-Devo Puzzle of Human Hair Patterning},
  author={L. Held},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
  • L. Held
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
Humans differ from all other living primates in the sparseness of our hair. Even more puzzling than the overall reduction in our fur covering is the layout of the few tufts that remain. Why does hair grow mainly on our scalp, armpits, and groin? How does our genome designate these areas? Clues to the underlying mechanism can be found in mouse mutants and human syndromes, but the mystery remains essentially unsolved. This essay reviews the evidence, pieces together the clues, and formulates a… Expand

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