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The amphioxus unleashed

The genome sequence of a species of amphioxus, an iconic organism in the history of evolutionary biology, opens up a fresh vista on the comparative investigation of chordates and vertebrates.

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Figure 1: The amphioxus — back in public life.

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Figure 2: Chordates and vertebrates.

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Gee, H. The amphioxus unleashed. Nature 453, 999–1000 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/453999a

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