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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.


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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