Issue compiled and edited by Cheryll Tickle and Araxi O. Urrutia
This issue celebrates how evolutionary studies over the last 350 years since the first publication of the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society have illuminated the fundamental question of how the extraordinary morphological diversity of living organisms arose. Present research focuses on evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). There has been considerable advances in uncovering the genetic basis of development and development translates the genetic information of an organism into morphology, and the field of evo-devo has recently been dramatically transformed by whole genome sequencing.
The articles in this issue illustrate how this and other contemporary evo-devo approaches are being applied to specific questions about the evolution of major innovations in anatomy, the modification of the morphology of structures, intraspecies variation and developmental plasticity in a wide range of different organisms including both animals and plants. Recurring themes include the basis of the genomic changes underlying morphological diversity and the current status of the concept of homology.
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