This page explores the transitive closure of the homologous_to relation. Currently in OBD this is a binary class-level relation that holds between two taxon-specific anatomical entities.
I propose the following expansion to OWL-DL instance-level quantified axioms:
homologous_to(A,B) ==> Class: A SubClassOf: descendedFrom some (hasDescendant some B) Class: B SubClassOf: descendedFrom some (hasDescendant some A)
If we make the simplifying assumption that directlyDescendsFrom is functional then it follows that class-level homology is transitive. What are the consequences of making this strong assumption? We can explore this with existing phenoscape data.
TAO classes with homology statements
from latest KB:
|Neural arch and Weberian ossicle that is reduced in size relative to other neural arches. Scaphium has a process which articulates with the first centrum.
|Neural arch and Weberian ossicle that has been modified in shape relative to other neural arches. Intercalarium includes three parts: an anterolateral process (the manubrium) which is embedded in the interossicular ligament and the ascending and articulating processes.
|Postcranial axial cartilage and Weberian ossicle that is located dorsal to the scaphium. The claustrum cartilage is bilaterally paired.
|Endochondral bone, membrane bone, and Weberian ossicle that is an element of third vertebra. Anteriorly it attaches to the interosseus ligament and posteriorly it extends as a transformator process embedded in the tunica externa of the swimbladder.
|Endochondral bone and Weberian ossicle that is an element of the fourth vertebra that curves ventrally around the anterior head of the swim bladder.
|neural arch 2
|Neural arch that is the second after the neurocranium.
|Supradorsals are small paired nodules of cartilage positioned at the distal ends of neural arches and the proximal end of neural spines (Arratia et al., 2001).
|parapophysis + rib of vertebra 4
|The parapophysis + rib, fused to the centrum, extends laterally then angles anteroventrally. A thin plate, the os suspensorium fuses to its median surface.
|Endochondral bone, membrane bone, and Weberian ossicle that is located dorsal to the scaphium. The claustrum bone is bilaterally paired.
|neural arch 1
|Neural arch that is the anteriormost neural arch.
|rib of vertebra 2
|Rib that articulates with the parapophysis of the second centrum.
|accessory neural arch
|Neural arch that is located posterior to the neurocranium and anterior to neural arch 1. The accessory neural arch is not associated with a vertebral centrum.
|neural spine 1
|Neural spine that is associated with the first vertebra.
|supraneural 1 bone
|Supraneural bone located dorsal to vertebra 1.
|supraneural 1 cartilage
|Postcranial axial cartilage located dorsal to vertebra 1.
High Level Overview
This is a high level part_of view of all homology relationships, projected onto TAO:
- homology statements are generalized to the TAO, taxa not shown
- clusters of homology relationships are shown in 4 distinct boxes
- vertebra clustered into a box
- only relations shown are homology and part_of
Here we can see there are 4 distinct clusters, according to the vertebra number affected
this is annotated to be homologous to the neural arch 2 and vertebra 2 in Teleosti. From this, what can be said of the relationship between these two entities?
Note that for compactness reasons this diagram doesn't show the part_of relations.
- intercalarium part_of v2
presumably there should be some kind of relationship between "rib of v2" and "v2"
this is annotated to be homologous to (i) the fusion of parapophysis + rib of v3 and (ii) the fusion of parapophysis + rib of v3 + rib of v4 in Teleosti. What can be said from this of the relation between (i) and (ii)