News & Views | Published:

ANIMAL EVOLUTION

Searching for sponge origins

Nature Ecology & Evolutionvolume 2pages16851686 (2018) | Download Citation

Sponges are believed by many researchers to be the earliest living animal group, but there is conflicting evidence for the timing of their origin. A molecular fossil discovery supports the contention that sponges appeared very early, but starkly contradicts the body fossil record.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Pandey, A. & Braun, E. L. Preprint at https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/08/26/400465 (2018).

  2. 2.

    Antcliffe, J. B., Callow, R. H. & Brasier, M. D. Biol. Rev. 89, 972–1004 (2014).

  3. 3.

    Botting, J. P. & Muir, L. A. Palaeoworld 27, 1–29 (2018).

  4. 4.

    Wood, R. Emerg. Top. Life Sci. https://doi.org/10.1042/ETLS20170164 (2018).

  5. 5.

    Brocks, J. J. et al. Geobiology 14.2, 129–149 (2016).

  6. 6.

    Zumberge, J. A. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0676-2 (2018).

  7. 7.

    Djerassi, C. & Silva, C. J. Accounts Chem. Res. 24, 371–378 (1991).

  8. 8.

    Love, G. D. et al. Nature 457, 718–721 (2009).

  9. 9.

    Antcliffe, J. B. Palaeontology 56, 917–925 (2013).

  10. 10.

    Love, G. D. & Summons, R. E. Palaeontology 58.6, 1131–1136 (2015).

  11. 11.

    Gold, D. A. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 113, 2684–2689 (2016).

  12. 12.

    Brocks, J. J. & Butterfield, N. J. Nature 457, 672–673 (2009).

  13. 13.

    Briggs, D. Curr. Biol. 25, R864–R868 (2015).

  14. 14.

    Briggs, D. E. & McMahon, S. Palaeontology 59, 1–11 (2016).

  15. 15.

    Tarhan, L. G., Hood, A. V., Droser, M. L., Gehling, J. G. & Briggs, D. E. Geology 44, 951–954 (2016).

  16. 16.

    Botting, J. P., Zhang, Y. & Muir, L. A. Sci. Rep 7, 5286 (2017).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Nanjing, China

    • Joseph P. Botting
  2. Department of Natural Sciences, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff, UK

    • Joseph P. Botting
  3. Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

    • Benjamin J. Nettersheim
  4. MPI Biogeochemistry/MARUM, Paleobiogeochemistry Group, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany

    • Benjamin J. Nettersheim

Authors

  1. Search for Joseph P. Botting in:

  2. Search for Benjamin J. Nettersheim in:

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Joseph P. Botting.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0702-4

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing