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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1990 Jan;87(2):763-6.

Origin of the Metazoa.

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  • 1Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles 90024.

Abstract

The origin of the multicellular animals has been investigated by rate invariant analysis of 18S rRNA sequences. These analyses indicate that (i) the Metazoa is a monophyletic taxon; (ii) the Deuterostomia is a monophyletic taxon; (iii) the Annelida-Mollusca lineage is the sister group of an arthropod subgroup; and (iv) the last common ancestor of the Annelida-Mollusca lineage is most parsimoniously derived from a segmented, hemocoelic ancestor with an open circulatory system.

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