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About: abzhanov

I want to understand intrinsic mechanisms underlying small- and large-scale morphological evolution in vertebrates, primarily in amniotes. My main focus is to uncover principles and mechanisms (both proximate and ultimate) of morphogenesis using a set of complimentary approaches (morphometrics, comparative embryology and functional experimentation). My recent publications explain how developmental modularity, integration, heterochrony and developmental constraint play important roles in evolution.

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How The Bird Got Its Beak

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Nature‚Äôs most interesting secrets can sometimes be found in our own backyards. One such secret is related to all birds, those pigeons, thrushes and sparrows that we see everyday. This familiarity means that we do not think too much of birds passing them by on our way to work or school. However, if the birds[…]