Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom

Katharine G. Field, Gary J. Olsen, David J. Lane, Stephen J. Giovannoni, Michael T. Ghiselin, Elizabeth C. Raff, Norman R. Pace, Rudolf A. Raff

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A rapid sequencing method for ribosomal RNA was applied to the resolution of evolutionary relationships among Metazoa. Representatives of 22 classes in 10 animal phyla were used to infer phylogenetic relationships, based on evolutionary distances determined from pairwise comparisons of the 18S ribosomal RNA sequences. The classical Eumetazoa are divided into two groups. Cnidarians arose from a protist ancestry different from the second group, the Bilateria. Within the Bilateria, an early split gave rise to Platyhelminthes (flatworms) and the coelomate lineage. Coelomates are thus monophyletic, and they radiated rapidly into four groups: chordates, echinoderms, arthropods, and eucoelomate protostomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-753
Number of pages6
JournalScience
Volume239
Issue number4841
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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Phylogeny
18S Ribosomal RNA
Platyhelminths
Cnidaria
Chordata
Ribosomal RNA
Arthropods

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Field, K. G., Olsen, G. J., Lane, D. J., Giovannoni, S. J., Ghiselin, M. T., Raff, E. C., ... Raff, R. A. (1988). Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom. Science, 239(4841), 748-753. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.3277277

Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom. / Field, Katharine G.; Olsen, Gary J.; Lane, David J.; Giovannoni, Stephen J.; Ghiselin, Michael T.; Raff, Elizabeth C.; Pace, Norman R.; Raff, Rudolf A.

In: Science, Vol. 239, No. 4841, 01.01.1988, p. 748-753.

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Field, KG, Olsen, GJ, Lane, DJ, Giovannoni, SJ, Ghiselin, MT, Raff, EC, Pace, NR & Raff, RA 1988, 'Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom', Science, vol. 239, no. 4841, pp. 748-753. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.3277277
Field KG, Olsen GJ, Lane DJ, Giovannoni SJ, Ghiselin MT, Raff EC et al. Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom. Science. 1988 Jan 1;239(4841):748-753. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.3277277
Field, Katharine G. ; Olsen, Gary J. ; Lane, David J. ; Giovannoni, Stephen J. ; Ghiselin, Michael T. ; Raff, Elizabeth C. ; Pace, Norman R. ; Raff, Rudolf A. / Molecular phylogeny of the animal kingdom. In: Science. 1988 ; Vol. 239, No. 4841. pp. 748-753.
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