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Human beings are rational—a view often attributed to Aristotle—and a major component of rationality is the ability to reason.[1]
A task for cognitive scientists is accordingly to analyze what inferences are rational, how mental processes make these inferences, and how these processes are implemented in the brain…cognitive scientists have established three robust facts about human reasoning.
First, individuals with no training in logic are able to make logical deductions, and they can do so about materials remote from daily life.
Second, large differences in the ability to reason occur from one individual to another, and they correlate with measures of academic achievement, serving as proxies for measures of intelligence.[2]
Third, almost all sorts of reasoning, from 2D spatial inferences[3] to reasoning based on sentential connectives, such as if and or, are computationally intractable.[4]
As the number of distinct elementary propositions in inferences increases, reasoning soon demands a processing capacity exceeding any finite computational device, no matter how large, including the human brain.
—Philip N. Johnson-Laird [5]

Human beings are rational—a view often attributed to Aristotle—and a major component of rationality is the ability to reason.[6]

A task for cognitive scientists is accordingly to analyze what inferences are rational, how mental processes make these inferences, and how these processes are implemented in the brain…cognitive scientists have established three robust facts about human reasoning.

First, individuals with no training in logic are able to make logical deductions, and they can do so about materials remote from daily life.

Second, large differences in the ability to reason occur from one individual to another, and they correlate with measures of academic achievement, serving as proxies for measures of intelligence.[7]

Third, almost all sorts of reasoning, from 2D spatial inferences[8] to reasoning based on sentential connectives, such as if and or, are computationally intractable.[9]

As the number of distinct elementary propositions in inferences increases, reasoning soon demands a processing capacity exceeding any finite computational device, no matter how large, including the human brain.

--Philip N. Johnson-Laird [10]


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Eukaryote phylogeny from the Tree of Life web project

NB: The text under this subject heading and its subheadings is taken from Keeling, Patrick, Brian S. Leander, and Alastair Simpson. 2009. Eukaryotes. Eukaryota, Organisms with nucleated cells. Version 28 October 2009, in The Tree of Life Web Project. The text is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 3.0. “The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny)."

Even if you do not know the word ‘eukaryote’, you are already familiar with what they are, because you and nearly all other life forms that you experience with your unaided eyes are eukaryotes. The vast majority of eukaryotes that we knowingly interact with each day, mainly land plants and animals, are large – macroscopic – organisms, usually consisting of trillions of individual cells (Fig. 1). Even using our rather limited senses, we can immediately tell that macroscopic eukaryotes represent enormous diversity on many different levels. However, the true diversity of eukaryotes is far greater than ordinary experiences would lead you to appreciate; most of the many millions of eukaryotic species on Earth are hidden from view, because most eukaryotic life forms are microscopic (Fig. 2; also see the middle four cells in the title image bar). The diversity of these microbial eukaryotes must be discovered and explored with powerful equipment and techniques such as electron microscopy and molecular biology.

Eukaryotes (also referred to as the Eukaryota or the Eukarya) comprise one of the three recognized domains of cellular life, the other two being the Archaea (or Archaebacteria) and the Eubacteria (or Bacteria) (Cavalier-Smith, 1998; Gogarten et al., 1989; Iwabe et al., 1989; Woese, 1987; Woese and Fox, 1977; Woese et al., 1990). Eukaryotes are distinguished from Archaea and Eubacteria in many different ways, but most importantly, the cells of eukaryotes display a much greater degree of structural organization and complexity. Archaeal and eubacterial cells generally lack internal structural organization (with a few notable exceptions, like the cyanobacteria). Eukaryotic cells, by contrast, share several complex structural characteristics. Most of these are parts of two interrelated systems: the cytoskeletal system and a system of membrane-delimited compartments. The cytoskeleton is an elaborate and highly organized internal scaffolding of proteins, such as actin-based microfilaments and tubulin-based microtubules. It also includes several molecular motors, such as kinesins and dyneins that provide the dynamic forces necessary for import and export mechanisms and many different modes of cell locomotion. Internal membrane-delimited compartments include mitochondria and plastids as well as different elements of the endomembrane system: the endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi bodies, vacuoles, and the nuclear envelope. The word ‘eu-karyote’ literally means ‘true kernel’, in reference to the sequestering of the genome into the membrane-bounded compartment called the nucleus.

With these basic building blocks, eukaryotes have evolved an amazing array of structural and behavioral characters. One of the most significant innovations is the ability to engulf and internalize particles and other cells, a process called endocytosis or phagocytosis (literally meaning ‘cell eating’). This mode of nutrition opened up many new predatory niches that ultimately facilitated the formation of permanent associations between very different life forms via endosymbiosis (Stanier, 1970). Endosymbiotic associations have provided eukaryotes with much of their central metabolism, which has remained relatively conserved throughout the group's history. Overall, Archaea and Eubacteria show tremendous diversity in their metabolic capacities, but fairly limited morphological and behavioral diversity; conversely, eukaryotes share relatively similar (albeit sloppy) metabolic machinery but have undergone tremendous evolutionary diversification in morphology and behavior.


The known diversity of morphological characters in eukaryotes is simply staggering and can be attributed to the vast multitude of possible solutions to basic biological problems, such as nutrition/feeding, locomotion, defense, refuge, mate selection and reproduction. Eukaryotes are built from one or more internally differentiated cells comprised of intricate subcellular systems. Several single-celled lineages, for instance, have reached the utmost degree of morphological complexity within the confines of a single enveloping cell membrane (e.g. parabasalids, ciliates, dinoflagellates), while others have reached the lower limits of morphological complexity by becoming extremely streamlined (e.g. picophytoeukaryotes, yeasts). Moreover, some multicellular eukaryotes have struck the upper physical limits of overall body size (e.g. dinosaurs, elephants, and whales), while others are miniaturized to the point of being smaller than single-celled counterparts in the same ecosystem (e.g. gastrotrichs, tardigrades, rotifers and nematodes). Regardless of major differences in body size and morphological peculiarities, eukaryotes share many characteristics in common. Many of these characteristics are homologous for the entire group, whether comparing a blue whale to an amoeba or a human to a giant redwood tree.

Unifying Features of Eukaryotes

Below is a list of important features that are likely to have been present in the common ancestor of eukaryotes. Some of these features are still universally found in all eukaryotic diversity, while others have been lost or drastically transformed in some lineages, but are nevertheless ancestral to those groups (see Fig. 3 for examples).

Cytoskeleton consisting of tubulin-based microtubules and actin-based microfilaments, and ancestrally including motile cell extensions called ‘flagella’ or ‘cilia’ that contain an axoneme of 9 peripheral microtubular doublets and 2 central microtubules.

An endomembrane system that consists of endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi bodies, vacuoles, lysosomes, peroxisomes, and the nuclear envelope.

Primary genome of each cell consisting of multiple linear chromosomes contained within a membrane-bound nucleus. Following replication of the genome the chromosomes are segregated by the process of mitosis. Cells in many species can have more than one nucleus.

Mitochondria - organelles with diverse functions, usually including aerobic respiration, iron sulfur cluster assembly, and synthesis and breakdown of small molecules such as lipids and amino acids. Mitochondria are bounded by two membranes, and usually contain a small genome. They are the descendents of an alpha-proteobacterial endosymbiont.

Translation machinery in the form of 80S ribosomes, each consisting of four molecules of RNA complexed with many proteins, and partitioned in a small (40S) and a large (60S) subunit.

Other Common Characteristics of Eukaryotes

A number of other characteristics are common to many eukaryotes and not to prokaryotes, but these are not ancestral to all eukaryotes, and many have evolved several times independently (See Fig. 4 for examples).

Multicellularity and tissue formation (e.g. green algae, land plants, red algae, brown algae, animals and fungi).

Secreted hard parts (e.g. mollusk shells, plant cell walls, ecdysozoan cuticles, coccoliths, vertebrate endoskeletons, chrysophyte scales, polychaete tubes, diatom frustules, brachiopod shells, cnidarian corallites, euglenophyte loricas, poriferan spicules, echinoderm ossicles, foraminiferan and radiozoan tests).

Extrusive organelles that function in defense, prey capture or parasitic invasion (e.g. ejectisomes of cryptomonads; trichocysts of alveolates; polar tubes of microsporidian fungi, gun cells of oomycetes; nematocysts of cnidarians, myxozoans and some dinoflagellates).

Plastids, including chloroplasts and their homologues. Referring to plastids as homoplasies is a qualified statement, since the vast majority of plastids do ultimately stem from a common primary endosymbiosis with a cyanobacterium (the one possible exception being the ‘chromophore’ of the euglyphid amoeba Paulinella), but their subsequent spread via secondary and tertiary endosymbioses has led to a complicated distribution on the tree of eukaryotes (see Symbiosis section below).

Role of Endosymbiosis in Eukaryotic Evolution

In addition to providing a significant nutritional mode, the advent of endocytosis in an ancestor of living eukaryotes also enabled a completely new way to generate cellular change and complexity: endosymbiosis. Put simply, endosymbiosis is the process by which one cell is taken up by another and retained internally, such that the two cells live together and integrate at some level, sometimes permanently. Endosymbiotic interactions have been common in eukaryotic evolution, and many such partnerships persist today (Margulis, 1981). In two cases, however, endosymbiotic events had far-reaching effects on the evolution of life: these are the origins of mitochondria and plastids (chloroplasts).

Mitochondria are generally known as the energy-generating powerhouses of eukaryotic cells, where oxidative phosphorylation and electron transport metabolism takes place (Reichert and Neupert, 2004). They are also involved in several other jobs such as oxidation of fatty acids, amino acid metabolism, and assembly of iron-sulfur clusters (Lill et al., 1999; Lill and Kispal, 2000). They are bounded by two membranes, the innermost of which is generally highly infolded to form ‘cristae’ that take characteristic shapes, either flat, tubes, or paddle-shapes (Fig. 5) (Taylor, 1978). The presence of mitochondria is an ancestral trait in eukaryotes (Roger, 1999; van der Giezen and Tovar, 2005; van der Giezen et al., 2005; Williams and Keeling, 2003), although in certain anaerobes and microaerophiles they have radically reduced or transformed functions: in some cases they are not involved in energy production at all (e.g., the ‘mitosomes’ of microsporidia, diplomonads, and archaemoebae, or ‘hydrogenosomes’ of parabasalia, some ciliates, and some chytrid fungi) (Embley, 2006; Müller, 1993; Tovar et al., 1999; van der Giezen et al., 2005; Williams and Keeling, 2003). Mitochondria can be traced back to a single endosymbiosis of an alpha-proteobacterium (Andersson and Kurland, 1999; Gray et al., 1999; Gray and Doolittle, 1982; Gray et al., 2004; Lang et al., 1999).

Plastids are the photosynthetic organelles of plants and algae. “Plastid” is a general term for all such organelles, including chloroplasts (in the green lineage), rhodoplasts (in the red lineage), leucoplasts (colourless plastids), etc (Fig. 6). Plastids have diverse functions in addition to photosynthesis, including the biosynthesis of amino acids, fatty acids and isoprenoids (Harwood, 1996; Herrmann and Weaver, 1999; Rohdich et al., 2001). As in the case of mitochondria, plastids in many lineages have been radically reduced or transformed, primarily through the loss of photosynthesis (e.g., the ‘apicoplast’ of Apicomplexa, and the relict plastids of many parasitic algae and plants (Gould et al., 2008; Ralph et al., 2004; Wilson, 2002)). Plastids can also be traced back to a single endosymbiosis event involving a cyanobacterium and the ancestor of the Archaeplastida (Reyes-Prieto et al., 2007; Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al., 2005). However, unlike mitochondria, plastids then spread to other eukaryotic lineages by secondary and tertiary endosymbiotic events (Archibald, 2005; Gould et al., 2008; Keeling, 2004; McFadden, 1999). In these events, one eukaryotic cell took up another eukaryote that already contained a plastid (an alga), and this second, endosymbiotic eukaryote was then reduced and integrated. In most cases all that remains of this alga is the plastid surrounded by the remains of the endosymbiont’s plasma membrane. However, in cryptomonads and chlorarachniophytes a tiny relict of the algal nucleus called a “nucleomorph” is also retained, the study of which helped elucidate the complex evolutionary history of plastids (Archibald, 2005; Douglas et al., 2001; Gilson et al., 2006; McFadden et al., 1997). Other endosymbiotic relationships based on photosynthesis are also known (Johnson et al., 2007; Okamoto and Inouye, 2005; Rumpho et al., 2008), but typically these are not integrated to the extent that they are generally accepted to be ‘organelles’ rather than ‘endosymbionts’. One possible exception is the euglyphid amoeba Paulinella chromatophora, where a cyanobacterium similar to Synechococcus or Prochlorococcus has been integrated to an extent approaching that of canonical plastids (Nowack et al., 2008).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Our understanding of eukaryotic relationships has been transformed by the use of molecular data to reconstruct phylogenies (Sogin et al., 1986). Prior to that, the diversity of microbial eukaryotes was vastly underestimated, and the relationships between them and multicellular eukaryotes were difficult to resolve (Taylor, 1978). Early molecular phylogenies based on small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) gene sequences suggested a ladder of basal lineages topped by a ‘crown’ composed of multicellular groups (animals, plants, and fungi) together with a subset of the purely microbial lineages (Sogin, 1989). A great number of the relationships revealed by SSU rRNA phylogeny have stood the test of time, but subsequent analyses based on protein coding genes and more recently very large datasets composed of hundreds of protein coding genes have led to a revision of the overall structure of the tree. The current view of eukaryotic phylogeny is of a small number of large ‘supergroups’, each comprising a spectacular diversity of structures, nutritional modes, and behaviours (Adl et al., 2005; Keeling, 2004; Keeling et al., 2005; Simpson and Roger, 2002). Some of these supergroup hypotheses are well supported, while others remain the subject of vigorous debate (see (Keeling et al., 2005) for a discussion of evidence). Furthermore the relationships between supergroups are poorly understood. Below we summarise the main members of each supergroup, the evidence for its monophyly, and emerging hypotheses for inter-supergroup relationships.

Archaeplastida (Plantae)

The Archaeplastida, or Plantae, comprises glaucophytes, red algae, green algae and plants. They are united by the possession of a plastid (same as chloroplast, from it come the terms aplastidic and plastidic for with and without chloroplasts respectively) derived from primary endosymbiosis (see Symbiosis section). There has long been strong support for the monophyly of plastids in Archaeplastida based on molecular phylogeny and also plastid genome structure (Turner, 1997; Turner et al., 1999), and molecular phylogenies based on large numbers of protein coding genes have more recently demonstrated the monophyly of the nuclear/cytosolic lineage as well (Burki et al., 2008; Moreira et al., 2000; Reyes-Prieto et al., 2007).


Excavata is a large and diverse grouping that has been proposed based on a synthesis of morphological and molecular data. Many excavates share a similar feeding groove structure (from which the name is derived) (Simpson and Patterson, 2001; Simpson and Patterson, 1999). Many others lack this structure, but are demonstrably related to lineages that possess it in molecular phylogenies (Simpson, 2003; Simpson et al., 2006; Simpson et al., 2002). Putting this evidence together led to the suggestion of shared ancestry, and some recent multi-gene phylogenies in fact provide tentative support for the monophyly of the whole group (Burki et al., 2008; Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al., 2007). Many excavates are anaerobes/microaerophiles and contain mitosomes or hydrogenosomes (e.g. diplomonads and parabasalids). Some are important parasites of animals (e.g. trypanosomes, Giardia). One lineage, the euglenids, includes photosynthetic species that have plastids derived from a green alga by secondary endosymbiosis (Breglia et al., 2007; Leander et al., 2007).


Chromalveolates comprises six major groups of primarily single celled eukaryotes: apicomplexans, dinoflagellates and ciliates are members of the alveolates, they are hypothesised to be related to stramenopiles, cryptomonads, and haptophytes (Cavalier-Smith, 2004; Keeling, 2009). The basis for this hypothesis is the widespread presence of plastids in these groups that are all derived from secondary endosymbiosis with a red alga. It was therefore proposed that all chromalveolates share a common ancestor where this endosymbiosis took place (Cavalier-Smith, 1999). The monophyly of the plastids has been demonstrated with limited sampling (Hagopian et al., 2004; Rogers et al., 2007; Yoon et al., 2002), and some phylogenies inferred from many different nuclear genes show that the Chromalveolata are monophyletic with the Rhizaria nested within (see below) (Hackett et al., 2007). Additional support comes from two genes with unusual evolutionary histories involving lateral gene transfer and/or re-targeting to the plastid that are most consistent with a common origin of chromalveolate plastids (Fast et al., 2001; Harper and Keeling, 2003; Patron et al., 2004).


Rhizaria comprises several very large and diverse groups of amoebae, flagellates and amoeboflagellates (Cavalier-Smith and Chao, 2003). Many of these will not be familiar to many readers, but they are ubiquitous in nature and important predators in many environments. Major lineages include Cercozoa, Foraminifera, and Radiolaria. Rhizaria is the most recently recognized supergroup, having been identified exclusively from molecular phylogenetic reconstruction (Cavalier-Smith, 2002; Cavalier-Smith, 2003; Nikolaev et al., 2004). Prior to this, there was little reason to anticipate this grouping, because there is no major structural character that unites them. (Although the amoeboid members of the group tend to produce fine pseudopodia, rather than the broad pseudopodia seen in many Amoebozoa – see below.) However, analyses of molecular phylogenies based on nearly all genes examined, as well as rare molecular markers such as insertions and deletions, initially identified the Cercozoa as a group that has then expanded to include the Foraminifera and eventually the Radiolaria (Archibald et al., 2002; Bass et al., 2005; Burki et al., 2007; Burki et al., 2008; Keeling, 2001; Longet et al., 2003; Moreira et al., 2007; Nikolaev et al., 2004; Polet et al., 2004). Analyses of multiple protein coding genes have further supported the monophyly of Rhizaria, and suggested a relationship to chromalveolates (see below).


Opisthokonta is a grouping consisting of Animals (Metazoa), the true Fungi and their close protistan relatives. The closest relatives of animals include choanoflagellates, which are free-living unicellular or colonial flagellates, and the parasitic Ichthyosporea (also known as Mesomycetozoea). Fungi are most closely related to a group of amoebae called nucleariids. Opisthokonts share two conspicuous features that are uncommon in other eukaryotes: Almost all cells in this group have flat mitochondrial cristae, while flagellated cells typically have a single emergent flagellum that inserts at the posterior end of the cell (Cavalier-Smith, 1987). The monophyly of this group has been shown convincingly by molecular phylogenies (Baldauf and Palmer, 1993; Lang et al., 1999; Ragan et al., 1996; Ruiz-Trillo et al., 2006; Steenkamp et al., 2006; Wainright et al., 1993), and also by a large, conserved insertion within the protein Elongation Factor 1-alpha (Baldauf and Palmer, 1993; Steenkamp et al., 2006). Recently a possible shared lateral gene transfer has been reported (Huang et al., 2005).


The Amoebozoa are a diverse collection of protozoan eukaryotes, almost all of which are amoebae (i.e. cells that produce pseudopodia, but lack flagella) for some or all of their life cycle. Many produce lobose or fan-shaped pseudopodia (in contrast to the elongate, fine pseudopodia typical of Rhizaria), although short, fine sub-pseudopodia are also common. Amoebozoa includes lineages of ‘lobose amoebae’ (e.g the well known Amoeba and Chaos), the lobose testate amoebae (with the cell enclosed in a shell), most of the lineages of ‘slime molds’, the pelobionts and Entamoebae, which lack classical mitochondria, and a few mitochondriate flagellates. Amoebozoa were only recently united as group. Detailed microscopy studies had shown that amoebae as a whole were polyphyletic, and thus when early molecular phylogenetic studies based especially on ribosomal RNA sequences placed slime molds, lobose amoebae, pelobionts and entamoebae as multiple independent lineages (Hinkle et al., 1994; Sogin, 1989), this result seemed plausible. In the last few years, increasingly sophisticated molecular phylogenies incorporating many more taxa and/or genes have tended to unite these previously disparate groups (Bapteste et al., 2002; Fahrni et al., 2003), though not always with strong statistical support. A recent study suggests that the pseudopodia-producing flagellate Breviata represents the deepest branch within a monophyletic amoebozoa clade (Minge et al., 2008).

'Unikonts': A Clade Consisting of Opisthokonts & Amoebozoans

There is now considerable evidence from molecular phylogenies that the opisthokonts and amoebozoans are closely related (Baldauf et al., 2000; Bapteste et al., 2002), and they also share a handful of other molecular characteristics in common (Richards and Cavalier-Smith, 2005). They have been proposed to be a clade called ‘unikonts’ because many of these organisms have a single flagellum (Cavalier-Smith, 2002), but biflagellated lineages are also known in this group. The root of the tree of eukaryotes has been proposed to be somewhere near this lineage, so it is possible the ‘unikonts’ are paraphyletic (Stechmann and Cavalier-Smith, 2002; Stechmann and Cavalier-Smith, 2003).

Do rhizarians branch within the chromalveolates?

There has long been very strong evidence from several kinds of data for the monophyly of alveolates. Multi-gene trees have also consistently and strongly supported a relationship between alveolates and stramenopiles (Burki et al., 2007; Burki et al., 2008; Hackett et al., 2007; Patron et al., 2007; Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al., 2005; Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al., 2007; Simpson et al., 2006). There is now also very strong evidence from molecular phylogenies and a shared lateral gene transfer for the monophyly of cryptomonads, haptophytes, and their relatives (Burki et al., 2008; Hackett et al., 2007; Patron et al., 2007; Rice and Palmer, 2006). In addition there is evidence from the plastid genome and plastid targeted proteins for the monophyly of chromalveolates and their plastids (Fast et al., 2001; Hagopian et al., 2004; Harper and Keeling, 2003; Patron et al., 2004; Rogers et al., 2007; Yoon et al., 2002). However, multi-gene trees also consistently show that the entire rhizarian supergroup is closely related to alveolates and stramenopiles (Burki et al., 2007; Burki et al., 2008; Hackett et al., 2007; Rodriguez-Ezpeleta et al., 2007), and some support the monophyly of chromalveolates as a whole with the Rhizaria nested within the group. These relationships will doubtless be refined with further data, but for now we follow the consensus of the available evidence and place the Rhizaria within the Chromalveolata.

Other Names for Eukaryotes



Organisms with nucleated cells


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Table 4: Commonly Eaten Foods by Americans

Plant Foods Vine Fruits Junk Foods Meats
kcal kcal Common Moderate Rare kcal kcal
Note: Class D applies to heavily overcast skies, at any windspeed day or night
Table 2: Meteorological conditions that define the Pasquill stability classes

Surface windspeed Daytime incoming solar radiation Nighttime cloud cover
m/s mi/h Strong Moderate Slight > 50% < 50%
< 2 < 5 A A – B B E F
2 – 3 5 – 7 A – B B C E F
3 – 5 7 – 11 B B – C C D E
5 – 6 11 – 13 C C – D D D D
> 6 > 13 C D D D D
Note: Class D applies to heavily overcast skies, at any windspeed day or night

Historical stability class data, known as the Stabilty Array (STAR) data, for sites within the United States can be purchased from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[1]

  1. NCDC website for ordering stability array data