SCIENCE CHINA Life Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11427-020-1748-0

A new era for evolutionary developmental biology in non-model organisms

Fuwen Wei 1,2,3,*
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  • ReceivedApr 28, 2020
  • AcceptedMay 20, 2020
  • PublishedJun 12, 2020


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Funded by

the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDB31000000)

the Key Research Program of Frontier Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences(QYZDY-SSW-SMC019)

the Creative Research Group Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China(31821001)


This work was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB31000000), the Key Research Program of Frontier Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences (QYZDY-SSW-SMC019) and the Creative Research Group Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31821001).

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The author(s) declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  • Table 1   Table 1 A summary of recent representative advances of evo-devo study in non-model organisms


    Key phenotype

    Scientific issue

    Methodology used



    Wing of bats

    Genetic mechanism of bat wing development

    Genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, and gene functional validation

    Eckalbar et al., 2016


    Flight loss of Galapagos cormorant

    Genetic mechanism of flightlessness evolution

    Genomics and CRISPR/Cas9-based experimental validation

    Burga et al., 2017


    Limb loss of snakes

    Evolution of limb loss in snakes

    Phylogenetic analysis and CRISPR/Cas9-based experimental validation

    Kvon et al., 2016


    Tail and limb regeneration of Salamander

    Evolution of key tissue formation regulators

    Genomics and CRISPR/Cas9-based experimental validation

    Nowoshilow et al., 2018


    Pelvic-fin loss and male pregnancy of seahorse

    Evolution of morphological innovations and phenotypic changes

    Phylogenetic analysis and CRISPR/Cas9-based experimental validation

    Lin et al., 2016


    Body plan of amphioxus

    Evolution of vertebrate morphological innovations

    Genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and transgene experimental validation

    Marlétaz et al., 2018


    Diversified appendages arthropods

    Crustacean limb specification and evolution

    CRISPR/Cas9 and RNAi-based gene functional validation

    Martin et al., 2016


    Leaf morphological diversity of Cardamine hirsuta

    Development and diversity of leaf shape

    Transgenes experiment validation, phenotypic analysis and modeling

    Kierzkowski et al., 2019

    Parallel petal losses within Ranunculaceae

    The genetic mechanism of parallel petal losses within Ranunculaceae

    Phylogenetic analysis and gene functional validation

    Zhang et al., 2013

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