Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals

  title={Genomic data do not support comb jellies as the sister group to all other animals},
  author={Davide Pisani and Walker Pett and Martin Dohrmann and Roberto Feuda and Omar Rota-Stabelli and Herv{\'e} Philippe and Nicolas Lartillot and Gert W{\"o}rheide},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={15402 - 15407}
Significance Clarifying the phylogeny of animals is fundamental to understanding their evolution. Traditionally, sponges have been considered the sister group of all other extant animals, but recent genomic studies have suggested comb jellies occupy that position instead. Here, we analyzed the current genomic evidence from comb jellies and found no convincing support for this hypothesis. Instead, when analyzed with appropriate methods, recent genomic data support the traditional hypothesis. We… 

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