Thomas Cavalier-Smith

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Thomas Cavalier-Smith (born 1942-12-21), English professor of evolutionary biology.

Standard IPNI form: Caval.-Sm.

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  • Cavalier-Smith, T. 1986. The kingdom Chromista: origin and systematics. In: Progress in phycological research 4. (Round, F.E. & Chapman, D.J. Eds), pp. 309–347. Bristol: Bipress Ltd. Reference page


  • Cavalier-Smith T., 1993. Kingdom protozoa and its 18 phyla. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, Am Soc Microbiol., 1993 Dec;57(4):953-94, PMID: 8302218.
  • Allsopp B.A., Baylis H.A., Allsopp M., Cavalier-Smith T.…, 1993. Discrimination between six species of Theileria using oligonucleotide probes which detect small subunit ribosomal RNA sequences. Parasitology.


  • Cavalier-Smith T., 1997. Cell and genome coevolution: facultative anaerobiosis, glycosomes and kinetoplastan RNA editing. Trends in Genetics.
  • Cavalier-Smith T., 1997. Sagenista and Bigyra, two phyla of heterotrophic heterokont chromists. Archiv für Protistenkunde, Elsevier.
  • Cavalier-Smith T., 1997. Amoeboflagellates and mitochondrial cristae in eukaryote evolution: megasystematics of the new protozoan subkingdoms Eozoa and Neozoa. Archiv für Protistenkunde, Elsevier.
  • Cavalier-Smith T., Chad E.E., 1997. Sarcomonad ribosomal RNA sequences, rhizopod phylogeny, and the origin of euglyphid amoebae. Archiv für Protistenkunde, Elsevier.
  • …, PR Gilson, SE Douglas, T Cavalier-Smith, …, 1997. Bonsai genomics: sequencing the smallest eukaryotic genomes. Trends in Genetics.



  • Cavalier-Smith T., 1999. Principles of protein and lipid targeting in secondary symbiogenesis: euglenoid, dinoflagellate, and sporozoan plastid origins and the eukaryote family tree. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 46(4), 347–366, doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1999.tb04614.x/full.
  • …, Green B.R., Cavalier-Smith T., 1999. Diversification of a chimaeric algal group, the chlorarachniophytes: phylogeny of nuclear and nucleomorph small-subunit rRNA genes. Molecular Biology and …




  • …, Orr R., Ruden T., Jakobsen K.S., Cavalier-Smith T., 2008. Multigene phylogeny of choanozoa and the origin of animals. PloS one.


  • Cavalier-Smith T., 2009. Megaphylogeny, Cell Body Plans, Adaptive Zones: Causes and Timing of Eukaryote Basal Radiations. Eukaryotic Microbiology, Volume 56, Issue 1, January/February 2009, Pages 26-33, doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.2008.00373.x.



  • Ruggiero, M.A., Gordon, D.P., Orrell, T.M., Bailly, N., Bourgoin, T., Brusca, R.C., Cavalier-Smith, T., Guiry, M. D. & Kirk, P. M. (2015). A Higher Level Classification of All Living Organisms. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0119248.


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