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Curr Biol. 2008 Nov 11;18(21):R1003-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.09.016.

Animal evolution: Trichoplax, trees, and taxonomic turmoil.

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  • 1ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia. david.miller@jcu.edu.au


The genome sequence of Trichoplax adhaerens, the founding member of the enigmatic animal phylum Placozoa, has revealed that a surprising level of genetic complexity underlies its extremely simple body plan, indicating either that placozoans are secondarily simple or that there is an undiscovered morphologically complex life stage.

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