Journal article

Neoproterozoic origin and multiple transitions to macroscopic growth in green seaweeds

Andrea Del Cortona, Christopher J Jackson, François Bucchini, Michiel Van Bel, Sofie D’hondt, Pavel Škaloud, Charles F Delwiche, Andrew H Knoll, John A Raven, Heroen Verbruggen, Klaas Vandepoele, Olivier De Clerck, Frederik Leliaert

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


AbstractThe Neoproterozoic Era records the transition from a largely bacterial to a predominantly eukaryotic phototrophic world, creating the foundation for the complex benthic ecosystems that have sustained Metazoa from the Ediacaran Period onward. This study focusses on the evolutionary origins of green seaweeds, which play an important ecological role in the benthos of modern sunlit oceans and likely played a crucial part in the evolution of early animals by structuring benthic habitats and providing novel niches. By applying a phylogenomic approach, we resolve deep relationships of the core Chlorophyta (Ulvophyceae or green seaweeds, and freshwater or terrestrial Chlorophyceae and Trebou..

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