Non-neural reflexes: Sponges and the origins of behaviour

Robert W. Meech*

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Sponges 'sneeze' without the benefit of nerves or muscles. While genomic analysis has uncovered a surprisingly complex set of molecular components in these ancient metazoans, physiological studies have revealed equally sophisticated cellular coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R70-R72
Number of pages3
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2008


  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Biological Evolution
  • Porifera
  • Reflex
  • Water

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