Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida

  title={Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida},
  author={S. Bourlat and Thorhildur Juliusdottir and C. Lowe and R. Freeman and J. Aronowicz and M. Kirschner and E. Lander and M. Thorndyke and Hiroaki Nakano and A. Kohn and A. Heyland and L. Moroz and R. Copley and M. J. Telford},
  • S. Bourlat, Thorhildur Juliusdottir, +11 authors M. J. Telford
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Deuterostomes comprise vertebrates, the related invertebrate chordates (tunicates and cephalochordates) and three other invertebrate taxa: hemichordates, echinoderms and Xenoturbella. The relationships between invertebrate and vertebrate deuterostomes are clearly important for understanding our own distant origins. Recent phylogenetic studies of chordate classes and a sea urchin have indicated that urochordates might be the closest invertebrate sister group of vertebrates, rather than… CONTINUE READING
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