Early evolution of animal cell signaling and adhesion genes.

@article{Nichols2006EarlyEO,
  title={Early evolution of animal cell signaling and adhesion genes.},
  author={Scott A Nichols and William Dirks and John S. Pearse and Nicole King},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={103 33},
  pages={12451-6}
}
In stark contrast to the rapid morphological radiation of eumetazoans during the Cambrian explosion, the simple body plan of sponges (Phylum Porifera) emerged from the Cambrian relatively unchanged. Although the genetic and developmental underpinnings of these disparate evolutionary outcomes are unknown, comparisons between modern sponges and eumetazoans promise to reveal the extent to which critical genetic factors were present in their common ancestors. Two particularly interesting classes of… CONTINUE READING
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