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Zebrafish. 2005;2(4):243-57. doi: 10.1089/zeb.2005.2.243.

Evolution and development of complex biomechanical systems: 300 million years of fish jaws.

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  • 1School of Biology, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0230, USA. darrin.hulsey@biology.gatech.edu


The jaws of teleost fishes are diverse and complex musculoskeletal systems. The focus in this review is on the major biomechanical systems in the teleost head, and the range and interplay of functional, developmental, and genetic influences that shape the modular and integrated evolution of elements. Insights possible from comparative studies are discussed in the context of traditional and new models for studies of craniofacial evolution and development.

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