Divergence time estimates for the early history of animal phyla and the origin of plants, animals and fungi.

@article{Wang1999DivergenceTE,
  title={Divergence time estimates for the early history of animal phyla and the origin of plants, animals and fungi.},
  author={Daniel YC Wang and S Sudalai Kumar and S. Blair Hedges},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={1999},
  volume={266 1415},
  pages={163-71}
}
In the past, molecular clocks have been used to estimate divergence times among animal phyla, but those time estimates have varied widely (1200-670 million years ago, Ma). In order to obtain time estimates that are more robust, we have analysed a larger number of genes for divergences among three well-represented animal phyla, and among plants, animals and fungi. The time estimate for the chordate-arthropod divergence, using 50 genes, is 993 +/- 46 Ma. Nematodes were found to have diverged from… CONTINUE READING
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