Understanding body plan diversity: investigating post‑metamorphic skeletal growth in sea urchins
19 March 2021
Post‑metamorphic skeletal growth in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus and implications for body plan evolution.
Prof Paola Oliveri and Dr Jeff Thompsom highlight the role of skeletogenic proteins in accretionary skeletal growth and cell proliferation in the addition of new metameric tissues. We gain an understanding of the developmental evolution of the sea urchin body plans on macroevolutionary timescales.