The evolution of early Foraminifera.

  title={The evolution of early Foraminifera.},
  author={Jan Pawlowski and Maria Holzmann and C{\'e}dric Berney and Jos{\'e} F. Fahrni and Andrew J. Gooday and Tomas Cedhagen and Andrea A. Habura and Samuel S. Bowser},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={100 20},
Fossil Foraminifera appear in the Early Cambrian, at about the same time as the first skeletonized metazoans. However, due to the inadequate preservation of early unilocular (single-chambered) foraminiferal tests and difficulties in their identification, the evolution of early foraminifers is poorly understood. By using molecular data from a wide range of extant naked and testate unilocular species, we demonstrate that a large radiation of nonfossilized unilocular Foraminifera preceded the… CONTINUE READING

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