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From Egg to Adult: Development

  • Charles Devillers
  • Jean Chaline


We may state that the path of development of an organism can play an important role in its immediate realization and also in its possible transformation. This leads to the problem of the existence of a causative link between individual development (ontogeny) and evolutionary history (phylogeny). This problem which has been dealt with by numerous authors, has led to contradictory answers, depending on the direction of the supposed connection: from the evolutionary history to individual development or vice versa, that is, from individual development to the evolutionary history.


Thoracic Segment Gastrula Stage Vertebrate Embryo Positive Allometry Antler Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Devillers
    • 1
  • Jean Chaline
    • 2
  1. 1.SceauxFrance
  2. 2.Centre des Sciences de la TerreUniversité de BourgogneDijonFrance

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