The origin of Metazoa: a unicellular perspective

@article{SebPedrs2017TheOO,
  title={The origin of Metazoa: a unicellular perspective},
  author={Arnau Seb{\'e}-Pedr{\'o}s and Bernard M. Degnan and I{\~n}aki Ruiz-Trillo},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  year={2017},
  volume={18},
  pages={498-512}
}
The first animals evolved from an unknown single-celled ancestor in the Precambrian period. Recently, the identification and characterization of the genomic and cellular traits of the protists most closely related to animals have shed light on the origin of animals. Comparisons of animals with these unicellular relatives allow us to reconstruct the first evolutionary steps towards animal multicellularity. Here, we review the results of these investigations and discuss their implications for… CONTINUE READING
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