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Concatenated Analysis Sheds Light on Early Metazoan Evolution and Fuels a Modern “Urmetazoon” Hypothesis
For more than a century, the origin of metazoan animals has been debated. One aspect of this debate has been centered on what the hypothetical “urmetazoon” bauplan might have been. TheExpand
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Mitogenomics at the base of Metazoa.
Unraveling the base of metazoan evolution is of crucial importance for rooting the metazoan Tree of Life. This subject has attracted substantial attention for more than a century and recently fueledExpand
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Multiple dicer genes in the early-diverging metazoa.
Dicer proteins are highly conserved, are present in organisms ranging from plants to metazoans, and are essential components of the RNA interference pathway. Although the complement of Dicer proteinsExpand
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Global Diversity of the Placozoa
The enigmatic animal phylum Placozoa holds a key position in the metazoan Tree of Life. A simple bauplan makes it appear to be the most basal metazoan known and genetic evidence also points to aExpand
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Comparative genomics and the nature of placozoan species
Placozoans are a phylum of nonbilaterian marine animals currently represented by a single described species, Trichoplax adhaerens, Schulze 1883. Placozoans arguably show the simplest animalExpand
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Chasing the urmetazoon: striking a blow for quality data?
The ever-lingering question: "What did the urmetazoan look like?" has not lost its charm, appeal or elusiveness for one and a half centuries. A solid amount of organismal data give what some feel isExpand
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Polyplacotoma mediterranea is a new ramified placozoan species
The enigmatic phylum Placozoa is harboring an unknown number of cryptic species and has become a challenge for modern systematics. Only recently, a second species has been described [1], while theExpand
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Trichoplax and Placozoa: one of the crucial keys to understanding metazoan evolution
The discovery of Trichoplax adhaerens: In 1883, the German zoologist Franz Eilhard Schulze published a short communication on the description of a new species, Trichoplax adhaerens (the “sticky hairyExpand
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The complete mitochondrial genome of the neotropical helicopter damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus (Odonata: Zygoptera) assembled from next generation sequencing data
Abstract Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) is a small order at the base of flying insects (Pterygota). Resolving family-level phylogenetic relationships within this order receives greatExpand
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The most primitive metazoan animals, the placozoans, show high sensitivity to increasing ocean temperatures and acidities
Abstract The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) leads to rising temperatures and acidification in the oceans, which directly or indirectly affects all marine organisms, from bacteria toExpand
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