The Tree of Life 1 - Eukaryotes
- Approaches to understanding diversity
- What is diversity?
- Structural diversity
- Metabolic diversity
- Natural vs. artificial classifications
- Molecular phylogenetic approach
- Major groups of eukaryotes
- Major Crown group taxa
- Chlorophyta (green algae) and Embryophyta (plants) - Viridiplantae
- Rhodophyta (sedis dubiae)
- Glaucocystophyta (sedis dubiae)
- Crown Group taxa of uncertain or controversial placement
- Placement of red algae and glaucocystophytes with plants is
- Slime Molds
- Apparently not crown group
- Archaezoa (many, and perhaps all, taxa in this group are incorrectly
- Unresolved problems in eukaryotic phylogeny
- Rate effects
- Are all organisms in the crown group? (maybe)
- Is molecular systematics totally bogus? (no)
- Distribution of photosynthesis among eukaryotes
Required reading: vdH: 1-15
Baldauf, S.L., and J.D. Palmer. 1993. Animals and fungi are each other's closest
relatives: congruent evidence from multiple proteins. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
Cavalier-Smith, T. 1993. Kingdom Protozoa and its 18 phyla. Microbiol. Rev.
Corliss, J.O. 1994. An interim utilitarian ("user-friendly") hierarchical
classification and characterization of the protists. Acta Protozoologica 33:1-51.
Schlegel, M. 1994. Molecular phylogeny of eukaryotes. TREE 9:330-335.