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About: rorylcooper

EvoDevo PhD researcher in Animal and Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield, studying shark scales and other vertebrate skin organs in The Fraser Lab

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Alan Turing’s patterning system can explain the arrangement of shark scales

Posted by on November 7th, 2018

Understanding how complex biological patterns arise is a long standing and fascinating area of scientific research. The patterning, or spatial arrangement, of vertebrate skin appendages (such as feathers, hair and scales) has enabled diverse adaptations, allowing animals to both survive and thrive in varied and challenging environments. Such adaptations include temperature control of mammalian hair1[…]