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Comb jellies or Ctenophores are beautiful, highly diverse and enigmatic animals. Novel sequencing and phylogenomic analyses of representative ctenophore species, collected around the world (from cold Antarctica to hot equatorial seas), provide strong evidence that they are (i) the sister group to all other animals and (ii) resolved evolutionary relationships of comb jellies to each other including molecular clock estimates of the time of the divergence among the major animal lineages. Photos by Leonid L. Moroz and Gustav Pauley. Collage by Leonid L. Moroz.

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Whelan, N. V., et al. Ctenophore relationships and their placement as the sister group to all other animals. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 1737-1746 (2017).

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.