Nemertean and phoronid genomes reveal lophotrochozoan evolution and the origin of bilaterian heads

Abstract

Nemerteans (ribbon worms) and phoronids (horseshoe worms) are closely related lophotrochozoans—a group of animals including leeches, snails and other invertebrates. Lophotrochozoans represent a superphylum that is crucial to our understanding of bilaterian evolution. However, given the inconsistency of molecular and morphological data for these groups… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0389-y

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