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Author Thompson, Jeffrey R., author.

Title Molecular paleobiology of the echinoderm skeleton / Jeffrey R. Thompson
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (61 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge elements. Elements of paleontology, 2517-780X
Cambridge elements. Elements of paleontology.
Contents Introduction -- The Echinoderm Skeleton in Development and Evolution -- What Is a Developmental Gene Regulatory Network? -- The Echinoderm Skeletogenic Gene Regulatory Network -- Evolution of the Echinoderm Skeleton -- Open Questions and Future Directions for Echinoderm Molecular Paleobiology -- Concluding Thoughts
Summary The echinoderms are an ideal group to understand evolution from a holistic, interdisciplinary framework. The genetic regulatory networks underpinning development in echinoderms are some of the best known for any model group. Additionally, the echinoderms have an excellent fossil record, elucidating in in detail the evolutionary changes underpinning morphological evolution. In this Element, the echinoderms are discussed as a model group for molecular palaeobiological studies, integrating what is known of their development, genomes, and fossil record. Together, these insights shed light on the molecular and morphological evolution underpinning the vast biodiversity of echinoderms, and the animal kingdom more generally.-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Jeffrey R. Thompson is a Lecturer and Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Ocean and Earth Sciences at The University of Southampton
Print version record
Subject Echinodermata, Fossil -- Molecular aspects
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781009179768