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1 May 2006 The History of Scientific Endeavors Towards Understanding Hagfish Embryology
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Due to their curious phylogenetic position and anatomy, hagfishes have attracted the interest of zoologists, especially in the context of vertebrate evolution. Embryological information on these animals is now also needed in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo), as it is expected to provide hints about the origin of vertebrate traits, whether the hagfishes are an in- or outgroup of vertebrates. This review summarizes the importance of hagfish embryology from a phylogenetic perspective, and the history of attempts to obtain hagfish eggs and embryos. Clearly, the main difficulty associated with these animals is their deep-sea habitat. To circumvent this problem, this review also discusses the future prospects for obtaining embryological material, both from the wild and in the laboratory.
Kinya G. Ota and Shigeru Kuratani "The History of Scientific Endeavors Towards Understanding Hagfish Embryology," Zoological Science 23(5), (1 May 2006).
Received: 10 February 2006; Accepted: 1 March 2006; Published: 1 May 2006

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