The Hydrogen Hypothesis

Methanogen Mitochondria Tem

The quest to find the progenitor of the eukaryotic cell has run into dire straits. The idea that there might have been a primitive intermediate, a missing link with a nucleus but no mitochondria, has not been rigorously disproved, but looks more and more unlikely. Every promising example has turned out not to be a missing link at all, but rather to have adapted to a simpler lifestyle at a later date. The ancestors of all these apparently primitive groups did possess mitochondria, and their...