Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny

Jan Sapp

in Genesis

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156195
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790340 | DOI:
 Molecular Evolution and Microbial Phylogeny

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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

Chapter.  8360 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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