Primary Succession Recapitulates Phylogeny
Received Date: Jan 04, 2016 / Accepted Date: Jan 06, 2016 / Published Date: Jan 12, 2016
The parallelism between the process of primary succession and the evolution of life on this planet is remarkable and conspicuous, yet never been spotted before. The order, at which each seral community appear, right from the pioneer species until the climax communities, is by the order of appearance of the respective evolutionary lineages in the tree of life. Evolutionary history of life on this planet is, in fact, a massive and ongoing process of primary succession, and I believe that is the rationale for this striking harmony. Central premise of this postulation is the idea that the plants that have been evolved to adapt to an almost naked landscape would be the first to colonize new environments. In light of this parallelism, fields of ecological succession and phylogenetic systematics can mutually compliment for resolving perplexed conundrums, and can potentially enlighten the future of life on the planet earth.
Keywords: Abiogenesis; Earth; Evolution; Exobiology; Life; Phylogenetics; Pioneer species; Sere
Citation: Bast F (2016) Primary Succession Recapitulates Phylogeny. J Phylogenetics Evol Biol 4: e117. Doi: 10.4172/2329-9002.1000e117
Copyright: © 2016 Bast F. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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