Molecular Evolution: Evidence for Monophyly of Metazoa

Molecular Evolution: Evidence for Monophyly of Metazoa

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by Werner E.G. M?ller
     
 

This volume concentrates on the origin of multicellular animals, Metazoa. Until now, no unequivocal phylogeny has been produced. Therefore, the questions remain: Did Metazoa evolve from the Protozoa only once, or several times? Is the origin of animals monophyletic or polyphyletic? Especially the relationships between the existing lower metazoan phyla,

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This volume concentrates on the origin of multicellular animals, Metazoa. Until now, no unequivocal phylogeny has been produced. Therefore, the questions remain: Did Metazoa evolve from the Protozoa only once, or several times? Is the origin of animals monophyletic or polyphyletic? Especially the relationships between the existing lower metazoan phyla, particularly the Porifera (sponges) are uncertain. Based on sequence data of genes typical for multicellularity it is demonstrated that all Metazoa, including Porifera, should be placed into the kingdom Animalia together with the Eumetazoa. Therefore it is most likely that all animals are of monophyletic origin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642487477
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
04/18/2012
Series:
Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology Series, #19
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.43(d)

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