[Taxacom] microRNAs and Brachiopoda relatives

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.co.nz
Mon Oct 8 21:00:59 CDT 2007

Ken Kinman wrote:
>      Using the sequences of microRNAs to study the phylogeny of Metazoa 
> and Metaphyta is a relatively recent science.  I was just reading an 
> abstract to this month's GSA Conference that claims Brachiopoda and 
> Phoronida are members of Lophotrochosa (not Deuterostomia) 

They would be 12 years too late. But I have the impression they are more 
modestly announcing another strand of supporting evidence since:

Halanych, K. M.; Bacheller, J. D.; Aguinaldo, A. M. A.; Liva, S. M.; 
Hillis, D. M. ; Lake, J. A. 1995:  Evidence from 18S ribosomal DNA that 
the lophophorates are protostome animals.  Science (Washington D C) 267: 

 > [...] I can't
> say it is terribly impressive given the morphological data connecting 
> brachiopods and phoronids with deuterostomes. 

   Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.co.nz>

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