Mammal Evolution Explained through Molecular and Morphological Data

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Mammals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2025 | Viewed by 298

Special Issue Editors

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National Scientific and Technical Research Council, School of Veterinary Sciences, National Universityy of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Interests: comparative morphology; animal development biology; evo-devo

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Department of General Biology, Biological Sciences Center, State University of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
Interests: comparative placentation; rodent evolution; mammal anatomy

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Department of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-010, Brazil
Interests: comparative anatomy; mammal reproduction and placenta-proteomic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Animals will focus on different morphological and molecular aspects that have varied throughout the course of mammalian evolution. The study of morphology has a long history in biology; its centrality is evident in pre-Darwinian scientists like Lamarck and it was key for Darwin’s theory of evolution. During the second half of the 20th century, molecular genetics was incorporated as one of the pillars of neo-Darwinian synthesis. Furthermore, by the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, the emergence of the evo–devo perspective promoted a new understanding of the relationship between morphology and molecular biology in evolution. Based on these contributions, we now understand that form variation is the result of the complex interaction between regulatory genes expressed along ontogeny and the environment. In recent decades, the scientific community has agreed that the complexity of evolution cannot be understood without the contribution of molecular and morphological data, both in extinct and living species. This issue will embrace publications, both original studies and reviews, that use morphological or molecular data to answer opened questions about mammalian evolution. Studies combining both morphological and molecular results will be particularly well received. Despite the abundance of the literature on biological evolution, we consider it very important to focus on key aspects of the morphological and molecular bases of the evolution of the different mammalian taxa.

Dr. Claudio Gustavo Ustavo Barbeito
Dr. Phelipe Favaron
Dr. Maria Angelica Miglino
Guest Editors

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  • evolution
  • evo–devo
  • comparative anatomy
  • molecular biology
  • adaptation

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