An Alternative Root for the Eukaryote Tree of Life

  title={An Alternative Root for the Eukaryote Tree of Life},
  author={Ding He and Omar Fiz-Palacios and Cheng-Jie Fu and Johanna Fehling and Chun-Chieh Tsai and Sandra L. Baldauf},
  journal={Current Biology},
The root of the eukaryote tree of life defines some of the most fundamental relationships among species. It is also critical for defining the last eukaryote common ancestor (LECA), the shared heritage of all extant species. The unikont-bikont root has been the reigning paradigm for eukaryotes for more than 10 years but is becoming increasingly controversial. We developed a carefully vetted data set, consisting of 37 nuclear-encoded proteins of close bacterial ancestry (euBacs) and their closest… CONTINUE READING
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