Exploring the evolution of environmental sex determination, especially in reptiles

  title={Exploring the evolution of environmental sex determination, especially in reptiles},
  author={F. J. Janzen and Patrick C. Phillips},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
Environmental sex determination has been documented in a variety of organisms for many decades and the adaptive significance of this unusual sex‐determining mechanism has been clarified empirically in most cases. In contrast, temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) in amniote vertebrates, first noted 40 years ago in a lizard, has defied a general satisfactory evolutionary explanation despite considerable research effort. After briefly reviewing relevant theory and prior empirical work, we… 
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