Crenarchaeota

(redirected from Eocytes)

Crenarchaeota

one of two KINGDOMS of the DOMAIN ARCHAEA, which contains extreme thermophiles (see THERMOPHILIC). The kingdom is more commonly called the crenotes. See CLASSIFICATION.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Instead, more trees suggest that eukaryotes arose from a branch of the archaea, called the eocytes or Crenarchaeota.
This tree shows eukaryotes branching off from a group of archaea known as eocytes.
When Lake's program corrects for varying rates of genetic substitutions over millions of years, it takes one branch of the Archaebacteria, the Eocytes, and grafts it to the more rapidly evolving Eukaryotic limb.
It includes the Eocytes that like to grow in boiling sulfuric acid, the extreme halophiles that you'd find in the Dead Sea or the Great Salt Lake and the methanogens, which are incredibly oxygen-intolerant.
In contrast, Lake says his findings are supported by anatomical evidence linking the sulfurous Eocytes with the more highly evolved Eukaryotes, and he predicts that bacterial fossil records will confirm his taxonomy.