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The Evolution of Sex Determination

Leo W. Beukeboom and Nicolas Perrin


Sexual reproduction is a fundamental aspect of life. It is defined by the occurrence of meiosis and the fusion of two gametes of different sexes or mating types. Genetic mechanisms for the determination and differentiation of the two sexes are diverse and evolutionary labile. This book synthesizes the contemporary literature on patterns and processes of sex determination evolution. The first chapter introduces definitions and concepts of sexual reproduction. Chapter 2 provides a comprehensive classification of sex-determination systems and describes the diversity of sexual cycles across eukary ... More

Keywords: sexual reproduction, recombination, sexes, mating type, genotypic sex determination, epigenetic sex differentiation, sex chromosome, sex ratio, selection, genetic conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leo W. Beukeboom, author
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen

Nicolas Perrin, author
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne