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The Origins of Larvae

  • Donald I. Williamson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

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  3. Overview

    1. Front Matter
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  4. Examples

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      Pages 31-31
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  5. Solutions

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  6. Conclusions

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      Pages 215-215
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-261

About this book

Introduction

Many biological facts are irreconcilable with the assumption that larvae and adults evolved from the same genetic stock. The author of this book draws attention to these, and presents his alternative hypothesis that larvae have been transferred from one taxon to another.

In his previous book (Larvae and Evolution, 1992), the author used larval transfer to explain developmental anomalies in eight animal phyla. In the present book, he claims that the basic forms of all larvae and all embryos have been transferred from foreign taxa. This leads to a new, comprehensive theory on the origin of embryos and larvae, replacing the discredited 'recapitulation' theory of Haeckel (1866). Metamorphosis, previously unexplained, represents a change in taxon during development.

Keywords

Bryozoa Nemertea development evolution the origin zoology

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald I. Williamson
    • 1
  1. 1.Port Erin Marine LaboratoryUniversity of LiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0357-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6377-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0357-4
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