By Janet Moore
Moore's advent is short, yet informative. established within the typical structure for a zoology textbook, she covers the fundamentals speedy and good, after which increases attention-grabbing questions that pertain to no matter what phylum is in query. Having already performed coursework in invertebrates, i discovered this an excellent refresher and nonetheless choked with issues i didn't recognize (or had thoroughly forgotten).
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1c shows that cells of the same type are not arranged together in either layer (the slightly confusing description of Cnidaria as having ‘tissue grade’ organisation emphasises that there is no aggregation of tissues to make organs). 2a). There are no separate muscles but ‘musculo-epithelial’ cells of the ectoderm and endoderm are drawn out at the cell-base into contractile muscle tails that extend up and down or around the animal in the mesoglea. These muscle tails form sheets that may then be folded to make compact structures.
Even though 1% may be a large number of genes, we are not as similar to chimpanzees as the figures suggest. As will be explained, the rate of genetic change is not the same as the rate of species change, and neither rate has remained constant during evolution. WHICH MOLECULES ARE USED? Using particular molecules as though they were morphological characters presents fewer difficulties: here the idea is that if a molecule (a gene or the immediate product of a gene) changes slowly during evolution, comparison of the amount of change in that molecule will reveal the closeness of the relationship of different groups of animals.
For example, the rate of flagellar beat can be influenced by currents: in one experiment with Halichondria the flagella beat at 3 cm per second in still water and this rose to 7 cm per second as the external current was increased. There is a measure of communication, even coordination, between cells: for example, dilation of a channel may be propagated and stimuli such as touch, exposure to air or poisons can result in the closure of a distant osculum. Although there are no tissue junctions between cells there may be communicating channels, rapidly and temporarily formed.