, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 953-953

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Arthropod cuticle features and arthropod monophyly

  • B. CutlerAffiliated with

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The following synapomorphic features of the arthropod cuticle: presence of α-chitin, similarity of codons for amino acids in cuticle protein, and occurrence of resilin, are cited as evidence for the monophyletic origin of current arthropod classes.