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The Study of Evolutionary Biology

Summary: what types of questions in evolutionary biology are being investigated using C. elegans? The study of comparative embryology is illustrated as an example. Information on research laboratories, research tools and instructional materials is also provided.

The study of evolutionary biology

Evolutionary biology is the study of the history of life. Evolutionary biologists try to gain insights into the life histories of different groups of organisms primarily through comparative studies of individual species. Here is more about the study of evolutionary biology.

Evolutionary Biology Research Questions

[— What changes occurred to make all the different morphologies and life strategies we observe in organisms today? —]. More in depth elucidation about research questions in evolutionary biology can be found here.

A list of C. elegans evolutionary biology research questions to get you start thinking about research in evolutionary biology.

Example Research

Comparative Embryology

More evolutionary biology Research

A list of research lab inquires into phenomena of evolutionary biology using C. elegans.

Evolutionary Biology Research:
Tools, Procedures & Methodologies

[In C. elegans most workers are working on comparative developmental biology. As a result they take advantage of all of the normal tools of C. elegans developmental biology —: forward genetic screens to identify processes in an unbiased manner, —] More in depth description about tools used in evolutionary biology research can be found here.

Commonly used tools, procedures and methodologies are listed here.

Instructional Materials

Here is a list of C. elegans evolutionary biology instructional materials.


This page is contributed by David Rudel, courtesy of Max-Planck-Institut Für Entwicklungsbiologie.

Evolutionary Biology