Experientia

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 622–624

Karyological conservatism in South American camelids

Authors

  • N. O. Bianchi
    • Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Celular (IMBICE)
  • M. L. Larramendy
    • Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Celular (IMBICE)
  • M. S. Bianchi
    • Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Celular (IMBICE)
  • L. Cortés
    • Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Celular (IMBICE)
Short Communications

DOI: 10.1007/BF01955563

Cite this article as:
Bianchi, N.O., Larramendy, M.L., Bianchi, M.S. et al. Experientia (1986) 42: 622. doi:10.1007/BF01955563

Summary

Llama, guanaco, vicuna and alpaca show similar diploid numbers, gross chromosomal morphology and homologous G, C and NOR banding patterns. This chromosomal homology is also found in the two-humped camel and very probably in the one-humped camel as well. These findings indicate that the camelid karyotype can probably be traced back to early Miocene times. This probably represents the most extreme case of chromosomal conservatism among mammals.

Key words

Karyological conservatismcamelidscamelids karyology
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