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Cambrian sessile, suspension feeding stem-group ctenophores and evolution of the comb jelly body plan

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The origin of ctenophores (comb jellies) is obscured by their controversial phylogenetic position, with recent phylogenomic analyses resolving either sponges or ctenophores as the sister group of all other animals. Fossil taxa can provide morphological evidence that may elucidate the origins of derived characters and shared ancestries among divergent taxa, providing a means to “break” long branches in phylogenetic trees. Here we describe new fossil material from the early Cambrian Chengjiang ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
College Only
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Current Biology Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
7
Pages:
1112-1125
Publication date:
2019-03-21
Acceptance date:
2019-02-14
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EISSN:
1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
Pubs id:
1097791
Local pid:
pubs:1097791

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