How do ontogeny, morphology, and physiology of sensory systems constrain and direct the evolution of amphibians?

G. Roth, U. Dicke, Kiisa C Nishikawa

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Abstract

The evolutionary success of extant amphibians is accompanied by secondary simplification of sense organs and of the nervous system. Strong morphological reduction is found in the lateral line system and in the auditory and visual systems. There is a close correspondence between the degree of secondary simplification on the one hand and genome size (DNA content) and cell size on the other. This process may be the major cause of the observed secondary simplification. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Volume139
Issue numberSuppl.
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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How do ontogeny, morphology, and physiology of sensory systems constrain and direct the evolution of amphibians? / Roth, G.; Dicke, U.; Nishikawa, Kiisa C.

In: American Naturalist, Vol. 139, No. Suppl., 1992.

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