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Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida.

Abstract:

Deuterostomes comprise vertebrates, the related invertebrate chordates (tunicates and cephalochordates) and three other invertebrate taxa: hemichordates, echinoderms and Xenoturbella. The relationships between invertebrate and vertebrate deuterostomes are clearly important for understanding our own distant origins. Recent phylogenetic studies of chordate classes and a sea urchin have indicated that urochordates might be the closest invertebrate sister group of vertebrates, rather than cephalo...

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10.1038/nature05241

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Bourlat, SJ More by this author
Juliusdottir, T More by this author
Freeman, R More by this author
Aronowicz, J More by this author
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Journal:
Nature
Volume:
444
Issue:
7115
Pages:
85-88
Publication date:
2006-11-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:a016e60a-0854-44e1-93b5-a458211a41b9
Source identifiers:
54357
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pubs:54357

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