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The origin of nuclei and of eukaryotic cells

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A new theory not involving symbiosis is proposed for the origin of eukaryotic cells. It explains how the evolution of phagocytosis by a wall-free blue-green alga would have created selection pressures leading directly to the formation of all characteristic eukaryote organelles and cell properties including mitosis, meiosis and sex.

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