Evolution and Development is an interdisciplinary journal at the interface of evolutionary and developmental biology. The journal welcomes papers from evo-devo biologists, covering approaches including paleontology, population biology, molecular evolution, and genetics. We also accept relevant submissions from professionals in other fields, from theoretical biology to ecology to the history and philosophy of science.

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Evolutionary origin of the nervous system from Ctenophora prospective

  •  23 February 2024

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This review discusses the evolutionary origin of the nervous system in light of the latest findings in the neuroscience of Ctenophora, one of the most enigmatic and earliest diverging animal lineages.

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Feeding‐structure morphogenesis in “rhabditid” and diplogastrid nematodes is not controlled by a conserved genetic module

  •  14 February 2024

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CRISPR-based knock-outs of NHR-1 and NHR-40 in Caenorhabditis elegans do not cause any quantitative changes in mouth morphology, even though both NHRs are coexpressed in mouth tissues. Comparative transcriptomics reveals that NHR-1 and NHR-40 have vastly different regulatory targets in “rhabditids” and diplogastrids.

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The evolution of cnidarian stinging cells supports a Precambrian radiation of animal predators

  •  18 January 2024

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We trace the origin of cnidarian stinging cells and discover a Precambrian radiation of forms. This suggests predatory animals were becoming specialists before the Cambrian explosion of fossils.

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A plurality of morphological characters need not equate with phylogenetic accuracy: A rare genomic change refutes the placement of Solifugae and Pseudoscorpiones in Haplocnemata

  •  20 December 2023

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Developmental transcriptomic data support an unduplicated genome in a solifuge, disfavoring the traditional grouping of pseudoscorpions and camel spiders as Haplocnemata.

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A description of the bat star nervous system throughout larval ontogeny

  •  18 December 2023

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Mapping of neurons in bat stars throughout larval development shows that the larval nervous system is composed of many different neural subtypes (left). Different neural subtypes have divergent developmental trajectories. For example, GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons (top panel in purple) and serotonergic neurons (bottom panel in red) are found in different regions throughout larval development.

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