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The Aigarchaeota are a proposed archaeal phylum of which the main representative is Caldiarchaeum subterraneum.[1] It is not yet clear if this represents a new phylum or a thaumarchaeal order, since the genome of Caldiarchaeum subterraneum encodes several thaumarchaeal features.[2]


  1. ^ Nunoura, T; Takaki, Y; Kakuta, J; Nishi, S; Sugahara, J; Kazama, H; Chee, GJ; Hattori, M; Kanai, A; Atomi, H; Takai, K; Takami, H (April 2011). "Insights into the evolution of Archaea and eukaryotic protein modifier systems revealed by the genome of a novel archaeal group.". Nucleic acids research 39 (8): 3204–23. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq1228. PMID 21169198. 
  2. ^ Brochier-Armanet, Celine; Forterre, Patrick; Gribaldo, Simonetta (June 2011). "Phylogeny and evolution of the Archaea: one hundred genomes later". Current Opinion in Microbiology 14 (3): 274–281. doi:10.1016/j.mib.2011.04.015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Martijan, Joran; Ettema, Thijs J. G. (February 2013). "From archaeon to eukaryote: the evolutionary dark ages of the eukaryotic cell". Biochemical Society Transactions 41 (Part 1): 451–457. doi:10.1042/BST20120292. PMID 23356327. 
  • Yutin, Natalya; Koonin, Eugene V. (April 2014). "The Dispersed Archaeal Eukaryome and the Comple Archaeal Ancestor of Eukaryotes". Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology 6 (4): Article No.: a016188. doi:10.1101/cshperspect.a016188.