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Jan Sapp

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.001.0001

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Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny

Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny

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(p.217) 18 Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny
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Genesis
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Jan Sapp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156195.003.0018

This chapter discusses the development of methods by biologists for tracing life back billions of years to investigate early microbial evolution and create a universal phylogeny. These explorations of the first 75% of Earth's biological history have contradicted long-held assumptions about the course of evolution and the diversity of life on Earth. They have also identified evidence for the fundamental importance of non-Mendelian mechanisms in the evolution of microorganisms.

Keywords:   microbial evolution, bacteria, Darwinian evolution, non-Mendelian mechanisms

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