Evolution of Sex and Breeding Systems:
Revision Notes

Compiled as a final-year zoology student at the University of Edinburgh, based on the information given in lectures.

Evolution of haploidy and diploidy

(Mable & Otto 1998, in BioEssays)


Inbreeding vs. outbreeding


Intragenomic conflict

(Maynard Smith & Szathmáry 1995, in The major transitions in evolution)


Sex determination systems


Sex ratios


Evolution of separate sexes


Why sex and recombination?


Evolution of sex chromosomes

(Charlesworth 2002, in The Genetics and Biology of Sex Determination)

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© Andrew Gray, 2004