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A dragonfly in its feenal moult, unnergoin metamorphosis frae its nymph form tae an adult.

Metamorphosis is a biological process bi which an animal pheesically develops efter birth or hatchin, involvin a conspicuous an relatively abrupt chynge in the animal's body structur throu cell growth an differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms an tunicates unnergo metamorphosis, which is uisually accompaniet bi a chynge o habitat or behavior.

Scienteefic uisage o the term is exclusive, an is no applee'd tae general aspects o cell growth, includin rapid growth spurts. References tae "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise an anerlie colloquial, but historically idealist ideas o transformation an monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis o Plants, influencit the development o ideas o evolution.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

The wird "metamorphosis" derives frae Greek μεταμόρφωσις, "transformation, transformin",[1] frae μετα- (meta-), "chynge" + μορφή (morphe), "form".[2]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Davies, R.G., "Outlines of Entomology", Chapman an Hall: chapter 3
  • Williamson D I (2003). "The Origins of Larvae", xviii + 261 pp, ISBN 1-4020-1514-3. Kluwer. Dordrecht.

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