Molecular Evolution: Towards the Origin of Metazoa

  • Werner E. G. Müller

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. W. E. G. Müller, C. Wagner, C. C. Coutinho, R. Borojevic, R. Steffen, C. Koziol
    Pages 71-95
  3. R. Garrone
    Pages 119-139
  4. W. E. G. Müller, M. Kruse, C. Koziol, J. M. Müller, S. P. Leys
    Pages 141-156
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


Recently, new genes and their proteins that revealed striking new insights into the early evolution of multicellular animals have been identified and characterized from members of the lowest metazoan phylum, the porifera (sponges). The unexpected result was that the sequences obtained from sponge displayed high similarity to those found in higher metazoa; in consequence, it was concluded that during the transition from protozoa to metazoa the major structural and regulatory proteins evolved only once. The data gathered are now powerful arguments to establish monophyly of metazoa; in addition, new insights on the evolutionary diversification of metazoa were obtained.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Werner E. G. Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Physiologische Chemie Abteilung für Angewandte MolekularbiologieJohannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-72238-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72236-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-6484
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