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14: Diversity of Microbes and Protists

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    • 14.1: Prokaryotic Diversity
    • 14.2: Eukaryotic Origins
      The origin of eukaryotic cells was largely a mystery until a revolutionary hypothesis was comprehensively examined in the 1960s by Lynn Margulis. The endosymbiotic theory states that eukaryotes are a product of one prokaryotic cell engulfing another, one living within another, and evolving together over time until the separate cells were no longer recognizable as such. This once-revolutionary hypothesis had immediate persuasiveness and is now widely accepted.
    • 14.3: Protists

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