Word of the Day: Morphology

Scientists that study the morphology of living things focus on their forms and how those forms interact with other living things and contribute to their function. When we say “forms,” we mean the shape and structure. For example, leaf morphology refers to the shape and structure of leaves of plants. There are loads of resources such as books and field guides that explain the different types of leaf, stem, root, and flower petal arrangements. These forms ultimately contribute to the fitness and function of the organism. The same applies to other living things such as reptiles, mammals, bacteria, and birds. Medical doctors study the morphology of cells of body tissues, in a sub-field called histology.

Read some Sciworthy articles about morphology below…

Diversity of lake cichlid species due to unusually high gene duplication

Early mammals diverged from reptiles much earlier than thought

Environment-related morphological changes can confuse scientists