Archaeal evolution

Archaeal evolution is the process by which the domain of organisms called archaea has developed over multiple generations. This process can be studied by phylogenetics and such studies show that Archaea have a distinct evolutionary history from bacteria and eukaryotes.

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  • News & Views |

    Three different studies identify Asgardarchaeota-linked virus genomes that share commonalities with both prokaryotic and eukaryotic viruses, yet they represent independent phylogenetic groups.

    • Tomas Alarcón-Schumacher
    •  & Susanne Erdmann
    Nature Microbiology 7, 931-932
  • News |

    This month’s Genome Watch highlights the unique evolutionary history, metabolic functions, and newly identified viruses and associated mobile genetic elements for the highly abundant and ubiquitous ammonia-oxidizing archaea.

    • Emiley A. Eloe-Fadrosh
  • News & Views |

    Eukaryotes evolved from a symbiosis involving Alphaproteobacteria and archaea phylogenetically nested within the Asgard clade. Two recent studies explore the metabolic capabilities of Asgard lineages, supporting refined symbiotic metabolic interactions that might have operated at the dawn of eukaryogenesis.

    • Purificación López-García
    •  & David Moreira
    Nature Microbiology 4, 1068-1070