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protogenoteProtogenot (ger.)

  • The most recent universal ancestor of all extant organisms on earth.
    bacterium LUCA
    The most recent proposal […] of the new name “protogenote” as a phylogenetic name for the most recent universal ancestor should be rejected because of its confusing similarity with the cytological name “progenote”
    Popper, K.R. & Wächtershäuser, G. (1990). Progenote or Protogenote? Science 250, 1070.
    the most recent common ancestor of archaebacteria, eubacteria, and eukaryotes is the “protogenote” because it contained the “protogenome”
    Benner, S.A. & Ellington, A.D. (1990). “Progenote” or “Protogenote”? Science 248, 943-944: 943.