A molecular timescale for the origin of red algal-derived plastids

  title={A molecular timescale for the origin of red algal-derived plastids},
  author={J{\"u}rgen F. H. Strassert and Iker Irisarri and Tom A. Williams and Fabien Burki},
In modern oceans, eukaryotic phytoplankton is dominated by lineages with red algal-derived plastids such as diatoms, dinoflagellates, and coccolithophores. These lineages and countless others representing a huge diversity of forms and lifestyles all belong to four algal groups: cryptophytes, ochrophytes, haptophytes, and myzozoans. Despite the ecological importance of these groups, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of their evolution and how they obtained their plastids. Over the last… 
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