A New Aspect to the Origin and Evolution of Eukaryotes

  title={A New Aspect to the Origin and Evolution of Eukaryotes},
  author={Tibor Vellai and Krisztina Tak{\'a}cs and Gabor Vida},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
One of the most important omissions in recent evolutionary theory concerns how eukaryotes could emerge and evolve. According to the currently accepted views, the first eukaryotic cell possessed a nucleus, an endomembrane system, and a cytoskeleton but had an inefficient prokaryotic-like metabolism. In contrast, one of the most ancient eukaryotes, the metamonada Giardia lamblia, was found to have formerly possessed mitochondria. In sharp contrast with the traditional views, this paper suggests… CONTINUE READING