Compositional argument for homology

Doug Yanega dyanega at MONO.ICB.UFMG.BR
Wed Oct 15 10:52:39 CDT 1997

Claudio Matzke wrote:

>"Compositional relationship between components of an organism may be an
>argument for homologies between parts of organisms."
>May anybody understand this sentence?
>Thank you for telling me.

This sounds like a loose translation of one of Reaumeur's (sp.? I'm sure
I've got this wrong) rules of homology, for which I don't have the citation
handy, but might be the source - for example, if you are comparing
arthropods with similar numbers of segments/tagmata (components), one can
argue that structures or appendages present in similar places on the same
segment/tagma (a similar compositional relationship between components) are
likely to be homologous. An example would be the homology of the fly
haltere with the metathoracic wings of other insects. I suspect other folks
here can give a cleaner explanation.


Doug Yanega    Depto. de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas,
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