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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-23442

Werneburg, I; Hugi, J; Müller, J; Sanchez-Villagra, M R (2009). Embryogenesis and ossification of Emydura subglobosa (Testudines, Pleurodira, Chelidae) and patterns of turtle development. Developmental Dynamics, 238:2770-2786.

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Using the Standard Event System (SES) to study patterns of vertebrate development, we describe a series of 17 embryos of the pleurodire turtle Emydura subglobosa. Based on a sequence heterochrony analysis including 23 tetrapod taxa, we identified autapomorphic developmental shifts that characterise Testudines, Cryptodira, and Pleurodira. The main results are that Testudines are characterised by an autapomorphic late neck development, whereas pleurodires and cryptodires show a different developmental timing of the mandibular process. Additionally, we described the ossification pattern of E. subglobosa and compared the data to those of five other turtles. Pleurodires show the epiplastron to ossify before or simultaneously with maxilla and dentary. In contrast, cryptodires show a later ossification of this bone. Because evolutionary developmental studies on turtles have previously focused only on model organisms that all belong to Cryptodira, we underline the necessity to include a pleurodire taxon for a more comprehensive, phylogenetically more informative approach.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Paleontological Institute and Museum
Dewey Decimal Classification:560 Fossils & prehistoric life
Uncontrolled Keywords:staging system (SES) ; heterochrony ; embryogenesis ; Parsimov ; skeletogenesis ; Pleurodira ; Cryptodira ; skull, skeleton
Deposited On:28 Oct 2009 12:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:31
Publisher DOI:10.1002/dvdy.22104

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