Evolution: revisiting the root of the eukaryote tree

Curr Biol. 2009 Feb 24;19(4):R165-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.12.032.


A recent phylogenomic investigation shows that the enigmatic flagellate Breviata is a distinct anaerobic lineage within the eukaryote super-group Amoebozoa and challenges the unikont-bikont rooting of the tree of eukaryotes.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Eukaryotic Cells / classification*
  • Eukaryotic Cells / ultrastructure
  • Flagella / ultrastructure
  • Genomics / classification
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny*