Welcome to the home of the Deep Metazoan Phylogeny Project!

The aim of the Priority Programme "Phylogeny of Animals - Deep Metazoan Phylogeny" is to clarify whether the classification of animals, including sea sponges and arthropods, such as insects, and coelom animals, was previously misguided because the only possible means of sorting them was according to the shape of their body and their internal characteristics. It could be that a methodically critical view of both morphological as well as molecular data is required to produce the correct kinships between the species. The researchers are to close the gaps in our knowledge caused by ambiguous interpretations of data, a lack of examinations and insufficient descriptions.

Additional information about this Priority Program (SPP 1174) is available at the website of the "Deutsche Foschungsgemeinschaft".