Re: webbing

Alex Duncan (
19 Jul 1995 17:55:54 GMT

In article <3ubsmn$> HARRY R. ERWIN, writes:

>The fruitfly geneticists have been getting into this area for a
>couple of decades, and their genes are starting to match up to those found
>in vertebrates (homeobox genes in particular). For example, the vertebrate
>brain seems to be segmented, with the segments matching those found in the
>front end of arthropods.

I think I recall reading somewhere that the gene that controls
segmentation of the arthropod abdomen is homologous to the gene that
controls segmentation of the vertebrate neck. Anyone else hear this?

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086