The evolution of insect flight

Implications for the evolution of the nervous system

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Abstract

The Insecta encompasses a prodigiously diverse group as measured at the species, family and ordinal levels, but the nervous system bears evidence of conservatism. The early acquisition of flight must have been a major factor in the diversification of body form. Arguments are presented that predator evasion was a primary factor in the origin of flight and that a conserved set of giant interneurons played a key element in the transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalBrain, Behavior and Evolution
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Abdominal cerci
  • Arthropod phylogeny
  • Giant interneurons
  • Insect flight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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The evolution of insect flight : Implications for the evolution of the nervous system. / Nishikawa, Kiisa C.

In: Brain, Behavior and Evolution, Vol. 50, No. 1, 01.01.1997, p. 8-12.

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