A molecular evolutionary framework for the phylum Nematoda

  title={A molecular evolutionary framework for the phylum Nematoda},
  author={M. Blaxter and Paul De Ley and J. Garey and Leo X. Liu and P. Scheldeman and A. Vierstraete and J. Vanfleteren and L. Y. Mackey and M. Dorris and L. Frisse and J. Vida and W. Thomas},
  • M. Blaxter, Paul De Ley, +9 authors W. Thomas
  • Published 1998
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Nematodes are important: parasitic nematodes threaten the health of plants, animals and humans on a global scale,; interstitial nematodes pervade sediment and soil ecosystems in overwhelming numbers; and Caenorhabditis elegans is a favourite experimental model system. A lack of clearly homologous characters and the absence of an informative fossil record have prevented us from deriving a consistent evolutionary framework for the phylum. Here we present a phylogenetic analysis, using 53 small… CONTINUE READING
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