Molecular phylogenetic evidence for the independent evolutionary origin of an arthropod compound eye.

@article{Oakley2002MolecularPE,
  title={Molecular phylogenetic evidence for the independent evolutionary origin of an arthropod compound eye.},
  author={Todd H. Oakley and Clifford W. Cunningham},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={99 3},
  pages={1426-30}
}
Eyes often take a central role in discussions of evolution, with debate focused on how often such complex organs might have evolved. One such debate is whether arthropod compound eyes are the product of single or multiple origins. Here we use molecular phylogeny to address this long-standing debate and find results favoring the multiple-origins hypothesis. Our analyses of DNA sequences encoding rRNA unequivocally indicate that myodocopids--the only Ostracoda (Crustacea) with compound eyes--are… CONTINUE READING