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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Interspecies Hybrids

Interspecies Hybrids

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Chimeras and Consciousness

Sonya E. Vickers

Donald I. Williamson

The MIT Press

This chapter concisely explains the theory that some of the Earth’s most beautiful and intriguing life forms are chimerical at the level of entire animal genomes. It demonstrates that evolution was sometimes radically inventive, producing striking new animal forms in a single generation by means of fertilization across would-be species boundaries. Examples include butterflies and starfish and their larvae. This chapter also explores some of the evidence for larval transfer, and at overlapping development patterns, and then proposes how the paradigm of evolution can be changed. It suggests that continued investigation will prove the validity of the “evolution by hybridogenesis” hypothesis.

Keywords:   animal genomes, evolution, fertilization, butterflies, starfish, larvae, larval transfer, hybridogenesis

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