Sex chromosome evolution: Historical insights and future perspectives

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Many separate-sexed organisms have sex chromosomes controlling sex determination. Sex chromosomes often have reduced recombination, specialized (frequently sex-specific) gene content, dosage compensation and heteromorphic size. Research on sex determination and sex chromosome evolution has increased over the past decade and is today a very active field. However, some areas within the field have not received as much attention as others.We therefore believe that a historic overviewof key findings and empirical discoveries will put current thinking into context and help us better understand where to go next. Here, we present a timeline of important conceptual and analytical models, as well as empirical studies that have advanced the field and changed our understanding of the evolution of sex chromosomes. Finally, we highlight gaps in our knowledge so far and propose some specific areas within the field that we recommend a greater focus on in the future, including the role of ecology in sex chromosome evolution and newmultilocus models of sex chromosome divergence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20162806
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1854
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 17

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Evolutionary Biology

Free keywords

  • Degeneration
  • Dosage compensation
  • Heteromorphic
  • Homomorphic
  • Timeline
  • Turnover


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