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A chordate with a difference

Molecular studies of tunicate development show that genetic programmes for early embryonic patterning can change radically during evolution, without completely disrupting the basic chordate body plan.

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Figure 1: A juvenile of Oikopleura dioica.
Figure 2: Chordates in context.

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Holland, L. A chordate with a difference. Nature 447, 153–154 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/447153a

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