The Evolution of Sex Determination by Leo BeukeboomThe Evolution of Sex Determination by Leo Beukeboom

The Evolution of Sex Determination

byLeo Beukeboom, Nicolas Perrin

Paperback | August 23, 2015

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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. Sex-determination mechanisms are responsible for the sexual fate and development of sexual characteristics in an organism, be it aunicellular alga, a plant, or an animal. In many cases, sex determination is genetic: males and females have different alleles or different genes that specify their sexual morphology. In animals, this is often accompanied by chromosomal differences. In other cases, sex may be determined byenvironmental (e.g. temperature) or social variables (e.g. the size of an organism relative to other members of its population). Surprisingly, sex-determination mechanisms are not evolutionarily conserved but are bewilderingly diverse and appear to have had rapid turnover rates during evolution. Evolutionary biologists continue to seek a solution to this conundrum. What drives the surprising dynamics of such a fundamentalprocess that always leads to the same outcome: two sex types, male and female? The answer is complex but the ongoing genomic revolution has already greatly increased our knowledge of sex-determination systems and sex chromosomes in recent years. This novel book presents and synthesizes our currentunderstanding, and clearly shows that sex-determination evolution will remain a dynamic field of future research. The Evolution of Sex Determination is an advanced, research level text suitable for graduate students and researchers in genetics, developmental biology, and evolution.
Leo Beukeboom is full professor in Evolutionary Genetics at the Centre of Ecological and Evolutionary Studies of the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His expertise is in organismal evolution with special interest in speciation, life history evolution, reproductive systems, sex determination and selfish genetic elements. His curre...
Title:The Evolution of Sex DeterminationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.51 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198753675

ISBN - 13:9780198753674


Table of Contents

1. What are sexes, and why are there sexes?2. The diversity of sexual cycles3. Molecular mechanisms of sex determination4. The quantitative genetics of sex determination5. The evolution of sex chromosomes6. Evolutionary correlates of sex-determination systems7. Transitions among sex-determination systemsBibliography