Phylogenetics: Which was first, TSD or GSD?

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2004-01-01
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Krenz, J. G.
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Janzen, Fredric
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Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology seeks to teach the studies of ecology (organisms and their environment), evolutionary theory (the origin and interrelationships of organisms), and organismal biology (the structure, function, and biodiversity of organisms). In doing this, it offers several majors which are codirected with other departments, including biology, genetics, and environmental sciences.

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The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology was founded in 2003 as a merger of the Department of Botany, the Department of Microbiology, and the Department of Zoology and Genetics.

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The basic challenge of evolutionary biology is to explain variation or the lack thereof, be it phenotypic, genetic, phy· logenetic, spatial, temporal, and so on. To illustrate, one gross generalization is that phenotypic traits we think of as being very important to organisms tend to be highly conserved (e.g .. binocular vision in vertebrates). probably because the genomic and developmental underpinnings are essentially fiXed. Thus, one striking feature about sex-determining mechanisms (SDMs), a fundamental aspect of sexual or· ganisms, is the enormous variety (Bull1983).

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This is a chapter from Temperature dependent sex determination in vertebrates (2004): 121. Posted with permission.

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