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Larvae as the epitome of evolution

Read the previous section: What a larva is. Francis M. Balfour set the pace on discussions about the evolutionary importance of larvae by addressing many of the fundamental questions regarding larval evolution (Balfour, 1874; Balfour, 1880; Balfour, 1881). He wondered about the ancestry of larvae. Can larvae reveal the ancestral forms of metazoans? He indicated […]

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Endless larval forms most beautiful: what a larva is

This text is a section of my PhD thesis. The Latin word lārva means evil spirit, ghost or mask1. In the 18th century, the naturalist Carolus Linnaeus was the first to employ the word larva to describe a stage in the life of an animal in which its adult form is still hidden or masked […]

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My PhD thesis in the blog post format

I wrote the introduction of my PhD thesis as a series of blog posts.

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Congratulations Andreas Hejnol for debutting as a Doktorvater (doctorfather) yesterday! It is an honor to be the first of many more to come. And thank you for being the most awesome PhD supervisor I could have ever envisioned! <3