Molecular Evolution: Evidence for Monophyly of Metazoa

  • Werner E. G. Müller

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Werner E. G. Müller, Isabel M. Müller
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jun Hirabayashi, Ken-ichi Kasai
    Pages 45-88
  4. Makiko Seimiya, Morihiro Naito, Yoko Watanabe, Yoshikazu Kurosawa
    Pages 133-155
  5. E. Richelle-Maurer, G. Van de Vyver, S. Vissers, C. C. Coutinho
    Pages 157-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-189

About this book


This volume concentrates on the origin of multicellular animals, Metazoa. Until now, no unequivocal phylogeny has been produced. Therefore, the questions remain: Did Metazoa evolve from the Protozoa only once, or several times? Is the origin of animals monophyletic or polyphyletic? Especially the relationships between the existing lower metazoan phyla, particularly the Porifera (sponges) are uncertain. Based on sequence data of genes typical for multicellularity it is demonstrated that all Metazoa, including Porifera, should be placed into the kingdom Animalia together with the Eumetazoa. Therefore it is most likely that all animals are of monophyletic origin.


Eumetazoa Metazoa Porifera Vielzeller animals carbohydrates classification development evolution metabolism migration phylogeny protozoa reproduction tissue

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 978-3-642-48747-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-48745-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-6484
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