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Who are the closest relatives of velvet worms?
Vol 1 No 2 (2020): Blog Biología Tropical
Published: Sep 22, 2020
These mysterious worms hunt with an instantaneous net and many do not lay eggs, instead of giving birth to young that they feed through a placenta, just like mammals. They are known from fossils over 500 million years old and until recently, there was a heated debate about which animals were their closest relatives. But recent genetic analyses tell us who was right all along.