Multicellularity arose several times in the evolution of eukaryotes (Response to DOI 10.1002/bies.201100187)

@article{Parfrey2013MulticellularityAS,
  title={Multicellularity arose several times in the evolution of eukaryotes (Response to DOI 10.1002/bies.201100187)},
  author={L. Parfrey and D. Lahr},
  journal={BioEssays},
  year={2013},
  volume={35}
}
The cellular slime mold Dictyostelium has cell‐cell connections similar in structure, function, and underlying molecular mechanisms to animal epithelial cells. These similarities form the basis for the proposal that multicellularity is ancestral to the clade containing animals, fungi, and Amoebozoa (including Dictyostelium): Amorphea (formerly “unikonts”). This hypothesis is intriguing and if true could precipitate a paradigm shift. However, phylogenetic analyses of two key genes reveal… Expand
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