A simple plan - Cnidarians and the origins of developmental mechanisms
Comparisons with cnidarians, long considered to be 'simple' animals, are providing crucial insights into the origins of conserved developmental mechanisms and the nature of the common metazoan ancestor. Traditionally, an extra germ layer and a second axis of body symmetry are the features that distinguish 'higher' Metazoa from lower animals such as cnidarians. Moreover, it was expected that 'lower' animals would have a simple gene set that corresponds to their simple morphology. Now, molecular...[Show more]
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