Article ID: CBB566900914

Eric Davidson and Deep Time (2017)

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Eric Davidson had a deep and abiding interest in the role developmental mechanisms played in generating evolutionary patterns documented in deep time, from the origin of the euechinoids to the processes responsible for the morphological architectures of major animal clades. Although not an evolutionary biologist, Davidson’s interests long preceded the current excitement over comparative evolutionary developmental biology. Here I discuss three aspects at the intersection between his research and evolutionary patterns in deep time: First, understanding the mechanisms of body plan formation, particularly those associated with the early diversification of major metazoan clades. Second, a critique of early claims about ancestral metazoans based on the discoveries of highly conserved genes across bilaterian animals. Third, Davidson’s own involvement in paleontology through a collaborative study of the fossil embryos from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation in south China.

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Authors & Contributors
Kutschera, Ulrich
Olsson, Lennart
Hossfeld, Uwe
Niklas, Karl J.
Laubichler, Manfred Dietrich
Maienschein, Jane A.
Journals
Biology and Philosophy
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Naturwissenschaften
Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Archives of Natural History
Publishers
MIT Press
The MIT Press
University of Pittsburgh
Arizona State University
Armando
Concepts
Evolution
Evolutionary developmental biology
Biology
Developmental biology
Molecular biology
Darwinism
People
Darwin, Charles Robert
Davidson, Eric
Franz, Victor
Hertwig, Oscar
Haeckel, Ernst
Severtsov, Alekesei Nikolaevich
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Places
Germany
United States
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