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The Biological Big Bang model for the major transitions in evolution

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Direct, August 2007
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The Biological Big Bang model for the major transitions in evolution
Published in
Biology Direct, August 2007
DOI 10.1186/1745-6150-2-21
Pubmed ID

Eugene V Koonin


Major transitions in biological evolution show the same pattern of sudden emergence of diverse forms at a new level of complexity. The relationships between major groups within an emergent new class of biological entities are hard to decipher and do not seem to fit the tree pattern that, following Darwin's original proposal, remains the dominant description of biological evolution. The cases in point include the origin of complex RNA molecules and protein folds; major groups of viruses; archaea and bacteria, and the principal lineages within each of these prokaryotic domains; eukaryotic supergroups; and animal phyla. In each of these pivotal nexuses in life's history, the principal "types" seem to appear rapidly and fully equipped with the signature features of the respective new level of biological organization. No intermediate "grades" or intermediate forms between different types are detectable. Usually, this pattern is attributed to cladogenesis compressed in time, combined with the inevitable erosion of the phylogenetic signal.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 4%
United Kingdom 7 2%
Brazil 5 2%
Germany 4 1%
Netherlands 3 1%
Chile 2 <1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
Colombia 2 <1%
Turkey 2 <1%
Other 16 5%
Unknown 241 82%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 81 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 60 20%
Student > Master 33 11%
Student > Bachelor 22 7%
Professor 19 6%
Other 57 19%
Unknown 23 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 177 60%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 23 8%
Physics and Astronomy 6 2%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 2%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 2%
Other 46 16%
Unknown 31 11%
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