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Karyotype Evolution

  1. Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006123



How to Cite

Pardo-Manuel de Villena, F. 2006. Karyotype Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Comparative studies provide a blueprint of the pathways leading to the genome organization of modern mammals. Several evolutionary forces explain the direction and rate of karyotypic change during evolution.


  • karyotype;
  • evolution;
  • chromosome rearrangements;
  • natural selection;
  • meiotic drive;
  • underdominance;
  • Robertsonian translocations