Comprehensive multigene phylogenies of excavate protists reveal the evolutionary positions of "primitive" eukaryotes.

  title={Comprehensive multigene phylogenies of excavate protists reveal the evolutionary positions of "primitive" eukaryotes.},
  author={Alastair G. B. Simpson and Yuji Inagaki and Andrew J. Roger},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  volume={23 3},
Many of the protists thought to represent the deepest branches on the eukaryotic tree are assigned to a loose assemblage called the "excavates." This includes the mitochondrion-lacking diplomonads and parabasalids (e.g., Giardia and Trichomonas) and the jakobids (e.g., Reclinomonas). We report the first multigene phylogenetic analyses to include a comprehensive sampling of excavate groups (six nuclear-encoded protein-coding genes, nine of the 10 recognized excavate groups). Excavates coalesce… 

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