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Evolutionary transformation of mouthparts from particle-feeding to piercing carnivory in Viper copepods: Review and 3D analyses of a key innovation using advanced imaging techniques

Kaji et al. review the evolutionary history of heterorhabdid copepods and add new high-resolution, 3D anatomical analyses of the muscular system, glands and gland openings associated with this remarkable evolutionary transformation.

Feeding ecology in sea spiders (Arthropoda: Pycnogonida): what do we know?

Dietz et al. outline future steps necessary to gain a better understanding of the feeding ecology of one of the world’s most bizarre animal taxa.

Tree frog attachment: mechanisms, challenges, and perspectives

Langowski et al. facilitate an in-depth discussion of the mechanisms involved in the generation, transmission, and control of attachment forces in the toe pads. 


This could contribute to a better understanding of other biological attachment systems (e.g. in geckos and insects) and potentially stimulate the development of a wide array of bioinspired adhesive applications.

Body size regulation by maturation steroid hormones: a Drosophila perspective

Hyun summarizes some important findings about the steroid hormone regulation of Drosophila body growth, calling attention to the influence of developmental nutritional conditions on animal size determination.

From egg to “no-body”: an overview and revision of developmental pathways in the ancient arthropod lineage Pycnogonida

Brenneis et al. encourage a renewed interest in the development of the arthropod “no-bodies”, to shed more light on chelicerate evolution and development, and potentially yield insights into the anamorphic development of the ancestor of today’s most diverse and successful animal lineage.

The importance of the altricial – precocial spectrum for social complexity in mammals and birds – a review

Scheiber et al. explore whether social complexity is related to variation in developmental mode in mammals and birds, the two most extensively studied vertebrate taxa in this regard.