The Evolution of Annelids Reveals Two Adaptive Routes to the Interstitial Realm

@article{Struck2015TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Annelids Reveals Two Adaptive Routes to the Interstitial Realm},
  author={Torsten Hugo Struck and Anja Golombek and Anne Weigert and Franziska Anni Franke and Wilfried Westheide and G{\"u}nter Purschke and Christoph Bleidorn and Kenneth M. Halanych},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={1993-1999}
}
Many animals permanently inhabit the marine interstitium, the space between sand grains [1, 2]. Different evolutionary scenarios may explain the existence of interstitial animals [3, 4]. These scenarios include (1) that the interstitial realm is the ancestral habitat of bilaterians [5, 6], (2) that interstitial taxa evolved from larger ancestors by miniaturization, or (3) progenesis [3]. The first view mirrors the former hypothesis that interstitial annelids, called archiannelids, were at the… CONTINUE READING
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