Phylogeny and beyond: Scientific, historical, and conceptual significance of the first tree of life
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The way in which this monumental discovery was made, its context within the historical development of evolutionary thought, and how it has impacted the authors' understanding of the emergence of life and the characterization of the evolutionary process in its most general form are described.
The Origin and Nature of Life on Earth: The Emergence of the Fourth Geosphere
Uniting the conceptual foundations of the physical sciences and biology, this groundbreaking multidisciplinary book explores the origin of life as a planetary process. Combining geology,…
La evolución molecuLar y los primeros seres vivos
El reconocimiento de que los genomas son documentos histori- cos de los cuales se puede extraer informacion evolutiva ha incrementado el margen de los estudios filogeneticos a muy alto nivel. El…
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Looking in the right direction
- BiologyRNA biology
This essay discusses Carl Woese's vision of evolution, one which transcends population genetics, and which has ramifications not only for the understanding of the origin of life on Earth and elsewhere, but also for the authors' understanding of biology as a novel class of complex dynamical systems.
The Singular Quest for a Universal Tree of Life
- BiologyMicrobiology and Molecular Reviews
Carl Woese developed a unique research program, based on rRNA, for discerning bacterial relationships and constructing a universal tree of life and brought together diverse evidence to support the rRNA evidence for the fundamentally tripartite nature of life.
Eubacteria, and Eukaryotes Relationships among Archaebacteria, Sequences: A Reappraisal of Evolutionary Protein Phylogenies and Signature
Ernst Mayr, the tree of life, and philosophy of biology
It is shown how Mayrian evolutionary biology excludes numerous forms of life and many important evolutionary processes, and an alternative to this dichotomy is a multidimensional continuum in which different strategies of genetic exchange bestow greater adaptiveness and evolvability on prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Construction and deconstruction: The influence of lateral gene transfer on the evolution of the Tree of Life
This chapter sets out these shifts of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction, with an eye towards understanding the future of the tree of life.
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On the Broad Classification of Organisms
- BiologyThe Quarterly Review of Biology
A system of broad classification which recognized a plant kingdom of four divisions and an animal kingdom of ten to fifteen phyla was for many years stable and standardized. Significant changes have…
Towards a natural system of organisms: proposal for the domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya.
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
It is proposed that a formal system of organisms be established in which above the level of kingdom there exists a new taxon called a "domain." Life on this planet would be seen as comprising three domains, the Bacteria, the Archaea, and the Eucarya, each containing two or more kingdoms.