The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs

@article{Griffith2017ThePA,
  title={The placenta as a model for understanding the origin and evolution of vertebrate organs},
  author={Oliver W. Griffith and G{\"u}nter P. Wagner},
  journal={Nature Ecology \&Evolution},
  year={2017},
  volume={1}
}
How organs originate and evolve is a question fundamental to understanding the evolution of complex multicellular life forms. [] Key Result We argue that a diversity of genomic changes facilitated these physiological transformations and that these changes are likely to have occurred during the evolution of organs more broadly. Finally, we argue that a key aspect to understanding the evolutionary origin of organs is that they are likely to result from novel interactions between distinct cell populations.

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