Section 11
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Fine structure of the developing epidermis in the embryo of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis, Crocodilia, Reptilia)

Alibardi, L.; Thompson, M.B.

Journal of Anatomy 198(Pt 3): 265-282


ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8782
PMID: 11322720
DOI: 10.1046/j.1469-7580.2001.19830265.x
Accession: 010665713

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The morphological transition from the simple epidermis that contacts the amniotic fluid of embryonic crocodilians to the adult epidermis required in a terrestrial environment has never been described. We used light and electron microscopy to study the development, differentiation and keratinisation of the epidermis of the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, between early and late stages of embryonic skin formation.

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