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Deep metazoan phylogeny: when different genes tell different stories.
Molecular phylogenetic analyses have produced a plethora of controversial hypotheses regarding the patterns of diversification of non-bilaterian animals. To unravel the causes for the patterns ofExpand
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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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Novel Cell Types, Neurosecretory Cells, and Body Plan of the Early-Diverging Metazoan Trichoplax adhaerens
BACKGROUND Trichoplax adhaerens is the best-known member of the phylum Placozoa, one of the earliest-diverging metazoan phyla. It is a small disk-shaped animal that glides on surfaces in warm oceansExpand
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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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New Insights into Placozoan Sexual Reproduction and Development
Unraveling animal life cycles and embryonic development is basic to understanding animal biology and often sheds light on phylogenetic relationships. A key group for understanding the evolution ofExpand
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The phylogeography of the Placozoa suggests a taxon‐rich phylum in tropical and subtropical waters
Placozoa has been a key phylum for understanding early metazoan evolution. Yet this phylum is officially monotypic and with respect to its general biology and ecology has remained widely unknown.Expand
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The genome of the contractile demosponge Tethya wilhelma and the evolution of metazoan neural signalling pathways
Porifera are a diverse animal phylum with species performing important ecological roles in aquatic ecosystems, and have become models for multicellularity and early-animal evolution. Demosponges formExpand
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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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Deep proteome profiling of Trichoplax adhaerens reveals remarkable features at the origin of metazoan multicellularity.
Genome sequencing of arguably the simplest known animal, Trichoplax adhaerens, uncovered a rich array of transcription factor and signalling pathway genes. Although the existence of such genes allowsExpand
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