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Eukaryotes and Multicells: Origin

  1. Ben Waggoner

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001640



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Waggoner, B. 2001. Eukaryotes and Multicells: Origin. eLS. .

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  1. University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Among the most important evolutionary events of all time are the origins of eukaryotic cells and of multicellularity. Both the evolution of eukaryotes and the origins of multicellularity (convergently evolved in numerous taxa) can be studied using insights from both palaeontology and molecular biology.


  • archaea;
  • endosymbiosis;
  • acritarchs;
  • metazoa;
  • algae