Theoretical morphology of developmental asymmetries

Diego Rasskin-Gutman*, Juan Carlos Izpisúa-Belmonte

*Corresponding author for this work

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Morphospaces are theoretical tools to explore the morphological organization of living and fossil organisms. They have been used mostly by the paleontological community in an effort to get the most out of one of the only pieces of evidence that fossil material usually provide: the morphology of hard parts. The expectation with the establishment of theoretical morphospaces is that, by abstracting and modeling the fundamental parts of form, the multiple processes that generate the phenotypes of embryonic and adult structures will be better understood. In this essay, we suggest that ontogenetic trajectories can be used as the generative functions that build morphospaces, and propose approaches to build theoretical models for the establishment of left-right asymmetries during vertebrate heart embryogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-412
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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