Acoel Flatworms Are Not Platyhelminthes: Evidence from Phylogenomics

  title={Acoel Flatworms Are Not Platyhelminthes: Evidence from Phylogenomics},
  author={Herv{\'e} Philippe and Henner Brinkmann and Pedro Martinez and Marta Riutort and Jaume Bagu{\~n}{\'a}},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Acoel flatworms are small marine worms traditionally considered to belong to the phylum Platyhelminthes. However, molecular phylogenetic analyses suggest that acoels are not members of Platyhelminthes, but are rather extant members of the earliest diverging Bilateria. This result has been called into question, under suspicions of a long branch attraction (LBA) artefact. Here we re-examine this problem through a phylogenomic approach using 68 different protein-coding genes from the acoel… 

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