The hidden biology of sponges and ctenophores.

  title={The hidden biology of sponges and ctenophores.},
  author={Casey W. Dunn and Sally P Leys and Steven H. D. Haddock},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={30 5},
Animal evolution is often presented as a march toward complexity, with different living animal groups each representing grades of organization that arose through the progressive acquisition of complex traits. There are now many reasons to reject this classical hypothesis. Not only is it incompatible with recent phylogenetic analyses, but it is also an artifact of 'hidden biology', that is, blind spots to complex traits in non-model species. A new hypothesis of animal evolution, where many… CONTINUE READING
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