Late Lunch Talk: The evolutionary origins of Spiralia - insights from an extensive phylogenomic investigation
Late Lunch Talk by Alberto Valero-Gracia
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The origin and evolution of Bilateria represents a core question within the Biology field. In one hypothesis, animals with a simple body organization evolve towards more complex forms several times independently; in another, animals with complicated body plans evolve towards simpler organizations by means of reductions. Support for one or the other hypotheses depends on the phylogenetic relationships within Spiralia, an animal group that includes annelids, molluscs, nemertines, platyhelminthes and many other organism of substantial zoological interest and high ecological importance.
During this talk I will present you some of the most incredible and mysterious animals that populate the ocean realm while discussing about their phylogenetic relationships.