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This end up. Larva of the brachiopod Terebratalia transversa. Image by Jürgen Berger and Gáspár Jékely. Cover design by Allen Beattie.

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Scanning electron microscopic image of the larva of the brachiopod Terebratalia transversa. Brachiopods are marine, sessile animals. The protostomic development leads to this 300-µm-long larva that is equipped with long chaetae that facilitate floating and defence. Anterior up.

From 'The developmental basis for the recurrent evolution of deuterostomy and protostomy.' Martin-Duran et al. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1; 0005 (2016)

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.