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Comparative developmental studies provide growing understanding of vertebrate forebrain evolution. This short review directs the spotlight to some newly emerging aspects, including the evolutionary origin of the proliferative region known as the subventricular zone (SVZ) and of intermediate progenitor cells (IPCs) that populate the SVZ, neural circuits that originated within homologous regions across all amniotes, and the role of thermogenesis in the acquisition of an increased brain size. These data were presented at the 8th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.09.034

Type

Journal article

Journal

Seminars in cell & developmental biology

Publication Date

10/2017

Addresses

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis, USA; Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, USA; MIND Institute, UC Davis School of Medicine, CA, USA. Electronic address: vmartinezcerdeno@ucdavis.edu.