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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

(p.217) 18 Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny

Jan Sapp

Oxford University Press

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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