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Animal roots and shoots

DNA sequence data from neglected animal groups support a controversial hypothesis of deep evolutionary history. Inferring that history using only whole-genome sequences can evidently be misleading.

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Figure 1: Animals on trees: the two main hypotheses of the relationships between animal phyla.

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Jones, M., Blaxter, M. Animal roots and shoots. Nature 434, 1076–1077 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/4341076a

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