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Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Gary Radice


The lymphatic system is a specialized system found only in vertebrates. While its structure is similar in all vertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and some birds have lymphatic hearts that help to pump lymph. In all other vertebrates the lymph fluid moves passively. The processes by which the development of these lymphatic hearts is regulated as well as the relation of lymph heart muscle to other muscle types is not well understood. The purpose of this thesis is to describe the findings that have been made during my research on the lymphatic heart development of Ambystoma mexicanum (axolotl).