On the mechanistic basis of morphological change
University of Cambridge
The evolution of novel morphologies is a key component of organismal diversification, yet the genetic mechanisms and adaptive significance underlying their evolution remain understudied. We address this question in two highly diverse model systems: pigmentation patterns in cichlid fishes and cuticle structures in water striders.
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