The other eukaryotes in light of evolutionary protistology

  title={The other eukaryotes in light of evolutionary protistology},
  author={Maureen A. O’Malley and Alastair G. B. Simpson and Andrew J. Roger},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
In order to introduce protists to philosophers, we outline the diversity, classification, and evolutionary importance of these eukaryotic microorganisms. We argue that an evolutionary understanding of protists is crucial for understanding eukaryotes in general. More specifically, evolutionary protistology shows how the emphasis on understanding evolutionary phenomena through a phylogeny-based comparative approach constrains and underpins any more abstract account of why certain organismal… 

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