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Life 2012, 2(1), 170-212; doi:10.3390/life2010170
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Primal Eukaryogenesis: On the Communal Nature of Precellular States, Ancestral to Modern Life

Received: 8 November 2011; in revised form: 29 December 2011 / Accepted: 11 January 2012 / Published: 23 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Origin of Life - Feature Papers)
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Abstract: This problem-oriented, exploratory and hypothesis-driven discourse toward the unknown combines several basic tenets: (i) a photo-active metal sulfide scenario of primal biogenesis in the porespace of shallow sedimentary flats, in contrast to hot deep-sea hydrothermal vent conditions; (ii) an inherently complex communal system at the common root of present life forms; (iii) a high degree of internal compartmentalization at this communal root, progressively resembling coenocytic (syncytial) super-cells; (iv) a direct connection from such communal super-cells to proto-eukaryotic macro-cell organization; and (v) multiple rounds of micro-cellular escape with streamlined reductive evolution—leading to the major prokaryotic cell lines, as well as to megaviruses and other viral lineages. Hopefully, such nontraditional concepts and approaches will contribute to coherent and plausible views about the origins and early life on Earth. In particular, the coevolutionary emergence from a communal system at the common root can most naturally explain the vast discrepancy in subcellular organization between modern eukaryotes on the one hand and both archaea and bacteria on the other.
Keywords: origin of life; molecular ecosystems; protoeukaryote-early concept; Karyogenic Proto-Coenocyte Hypothesis; hierarchical clonality; pre-cell theory; cellular escape; K-selection; r-selection origin of life; molecular ecosystems; protoeukaryote-early concept; Karyogenic Proto-Coenocyte Hypothesis; hierarchical clonality; pre-cell theory; cellular escape; K-selection; r-selection
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Egel, R. Primal Eukaryogenesis: On the Communal Nature of Precellular States, Ancestral to Modern Life. Life 2012, 2, 170-212.

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Egel R. Primal Eukaryogenesis: On the Communal Nature of Precellular States, Ancestral to Modern Life. Life. 2012; 2(1):170-212.

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Egel, Richard. 2012. "Primal Eukaryogenesis: On the Communal Nature of Precellular States, Ancestral to Modern Life." Life 2, no. 1: 170-212.


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