Molecular evolution: Evidence for the monophyletic origin of multicellular animals

@article{Mller2005MolecularEE,
  title={Molecular evolution: Evidence for the monophyletic origin of multicellular animals},
  author={Werner E. G. M{\"u}ller and Isabel M. Müller and Baruch Rinkevich and V. Gamulin},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2005},
  volume={82},
  pages={36-38}
}
The mysterious spawning of the European eel in the Sargasso Sea remains a matter of conjecture and debate and will be resolved only by direct observation of spawning pairs. We thank Dr. E Tesch, Hamburg, for many stimulating discussions and assistance during the past years. Prof. Schnack, Kiel, enabled one of us (H. E) to join the Sargasso Expedition. We are particularly grateful to Dr. Hilge, AMensburg, who performed the hormon treatment of the eels, and to Dr. B. Strelow, Rostock, who… 

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