Phylogeny of Choanozoa, Apusozoa, and Other Protozoa and Early Eukaryote Megaevolution

  title={Phylogeny of Choanozoa, Apusozoa, and Other Protozoa and Early Eukaryote Megaevolution},
  author={T Cavalier-smith and E Chao},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
Abstract The primary diversification of eukaryotes involved protozoa, especially zooflagellates—flagellate protozoa without plastids. Understanding the origins of the higher eukaryotic kingdoms (two purely heterotrophic, Animalia and Fungi, and two primarily photosynthetic, Plantae and Chromista) depends on clarifying evolutionary relationships among the phyla of the ancestral kingdom Protozoa. We therefore sequenced 18S rRNA genes from 10 strains from the protozoan phyla Choanozoa and Apusozoa… CONTINUE READING


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