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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of flagellate protozoa, of the class Choanoflagellatea, thought to be the closest unicellular ancestors of animals

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Collared and flagellate, as certain infusorians; specifically, of or pertaining to the Choanoflagellata.


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  • Many species of choanoflagellate live a colonial existence (though they all live solitary during some stages of their life cycle).

    Biomolecular Networks

  • The emergent complexity of this circuitry inside the choanoflagellate remains mysterious, as it is not clear why such a simple life form needs it.

    Biomolecular Networks

  • The choanoflagellate genome, like the genomes of many seemingly simple organisms sequenced in recent years, shows a surprising degree of complexity, King said.

    An Animal Toolkit in a Single-Celled Organism

  • Since then, the choanoflagellate lineage may have lost some essential genes needed to move toward metazoan evolution.

    An Animal Toolkit in a Single-Celled Organism

  • The choanoflagellate example also puts to rest a common criticism that was raised when I first began to propose front-loading.

    An Animal Toolkit in a Single-Celled Organism

  • New research into the choanoflagellate genome shows these ancient organisms have similar levels of proteins that cells in more complex organisms, including humans, use to communicate with each other. and:


  • By analyzing the recently-sequenced choanoflagellate genome, the researchers discovered another similarity between choanoflagellates and most metazoans – their genetic code caries the markers of three types of molecules that cells use to achieve phospho-tyrosine signaling proteins.


  • Recently, the choanoflagellate genome has been sequenced.

    2008 February - Telic Thoughts

  • Here is a single-celled organism that contains multiple genes previously thought to be unique to animals and such animal-like genes have persisted in the choanoflagellate lineage for hundreds of millions of years even though they are clearly not essential for unicellular life.

    Bird Teeth

  • (It looks like the choanoflagellate genome should be published pretty soon.)

    Death of a popular anti-ID argument


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