Paleontological Journal

, Volume 52, Issue 14, pp 1789–1798 | Cite as

On the Systematics and Scale for Measuring Historical Pathways of the Development of Morphological Diversity

  • G. A. SavostyanovEmail author


Parametrical classification of elementary units of multicellularity (of histiones), looking like a periodic table, is proposed. It allows both estimation and prediction of the development of histiones. In addition, it compactly reflects extensive phenomenology of development, deriving it from a few principles and, hence, allowing compression of information. The system of histiones included in the table is also represented as a circular diagram, and it is shown that adequate consideration of this set requires the use of at least five scales.


multicellularity elementary units of multicellularity histiones division of labor development parametric systematics periodic table scale of development review 



This study was performed within the framework of the State Task AAAA-A18-118012290373-7, theme “Mechanisms of the Formation of Physiological Functions in Phylogeny-an Ontogeny and the Effect on Them of Endogenous and Exogenous Factors.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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