Climate-driven population divergence in sex-determining systems

  title={Climate-driven population divergence in sex-determining systems},
  author={Ido Pen and Tobias M Uller and B Feldmeyer and Anna Harts and Geoffrey M While and Erik Wapstra},
Sex determination is a fundamental biological process, yet its mechanisms are remarkably diverse. In vertebrates, sex can be determined by inherited genetic factors or by the temperature experienced during embryonic development. However, the evolutionary causes of this diversity remain unknown. Here we show that live-bearing lizards at different climatic extremes of the species’ distribution differ in their sex-determining mechanisms, with temperature-dependent sex determination in lowlands and… CONTINUE READING
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