The significance of developmental robustness for species diversity.

  title={The significance of developmental robustness for species diversity.},
  author={Rainer Melzer and G{\"u}nter Thei\ssen},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  volume={117 5},
BACKGROUND The origin of new species and of new forms is one of the fundamental characteristics of evolution. However, the mechanisms that govern the diversity and disparity of lineages remain poorly understood. Particularly unclear are the reasons why some taxa are vastly more species-rich than others and the manner in which species diversity and morphological disparity are interrelated. SCOPE AND CONCLUSIONS Evolutionary innovations and ecological opportunities are usually cited as among… CONTINUE READING
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