In this volume outstanding specialists review the state of the art in nervous system research for all main invertebrate groups. They provide a comprehensive up-to-date analysis important for everyone working on neuronal aspects of single groups, as well as taking into account the phylogenesis of invertebrates. The articles report on recently gained knowledge about diversification in the invertebrate nervous systems, and demonstrate the analytical power of a comparative approach. Novel techniques in molecular and developmental biology are creating new perspectives that point toward a theoretical foundation for a modern organismic biology. The comparative approach, as documented here, will engage the interest of anyone challenged by the problem of structural diversification in biology.
Introductory remarks. Part 1 Coelenterata: the nervous systems of cnidarians, C.J.P. Grimmelikhuijzen and J.A. Westfall. Part 2 Plathelminthes: the flatworm nervous system - pattern and phylogeny, M. Reuter and M.K.S. Gustafsson. Part 3 Nematoda: repeating patterns of motoneurons in nematodes - the origin of segmentation?, W.W. Walthall. Part 4 Annelida - genesis of segmental identity in the leech nervous system, G.O. Aisemberg et al. Part 5 Mollusca - comparative aspects of gastropod neurobiology, A.G.M. Bulloch and R.L. Ridgway; the cephalopod nervous system - what evolution has made of the molluscan design, B.U. Budelmann. Part 6 Onychophora - common and special features of the nervous system of onychophora - a comparison with arthropoda, annelida and some other invertebrates, F.W. Schurmann Part 7 Arthropoda: chelicerata - comparative aspects of the chelicerate nervous system, R. Wegerhoff and O. Breidbach; mandibulata - embryogenesis - conservation versus change in early axonogenesis in arthropod embryos - a comparison between myriapods, crustaceans and insects, P.M. Whittington, motoneurones - homologous structures, exemplified by motoneurones of mandibulata, W. Kutsch and R. Heckman, sensory neurones - developmental mechanisms, homology and evolution of the insect peripheral nervous system, T. Meier and H. Reichert, interneurones - lineage analysis as an analytical tool in the insect central nervous system - bringing order to interneurons, G.S. Boyan and J.L.D. Williams, peptidergic neurones - comparative aspects of peptidergic signalling pathways in the nervous systems of arthropods, H.-J. Agricola and P. Braunig; the arthropod brain - ground plans, evolutionary changes and homologies in decapod crustacean brains, D. Sandeman and G. Scholtz; the arthropod mushroom body - its functional roles, evolutionary enigmas and mistaken identities, N.J. Strausfeld et al; is the evolution of arthropod brains convergent?, O. Breidbach. Part 8 Echinodermata: the nervous systems of echinodermata - recent results and new approaches, J.L.S. Cobb. Part 9 Methodological comment: the homology concept - still alive, M. Schmitt. Part 10 Coda: are the main grades of brains different principally in numbers of connections or also in quality?, T.H. Bullock.
Series: Experientia Supplementum : Book 42
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st December 1994
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.95