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The evolution of exoskeleton moulting in Trilobita

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Moulting is the process of replacing an exoskeleton. The exoskeleton provides protection but must be periodically moulted for growth, development, and repair. Moulting is therefore intrinsic to ontogeny, but is risky and energetically-expensive, meaning the morphology and behaviours of an animal are also important. Ecdysozoa (e.g. Euarthropoda, Nematoida) are united by moulting, but Euarthropoda (e.g. insects, crustaceans) have particularly tough, usually reinforced, exoskeletons. Correspo...

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MPLS
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Zoology
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University of Lausanne
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University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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Natural History Museum, London
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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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