Phylogenetic Aspects of Karyological Evidence

  • Alessandro Morescalchi
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


Recent progress in the fields of molecular cytology and of genetic differentiation have once more placed the karyotype at the center of evolutionary problems. As has been perceived, especially by White (1973), evolution is essentially a cytogenetic process in which chromosomal rearrangements play an important role. In contrast to changes in other phenotypic characters, they are able to influence directly the properties of the genotype.


Genome Size Vertebrate Evolution Chromosomal Change Chromosomal Polymorphism Female Heterogamety 
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  • Alessandro Morescalchi
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  1. 1.Institute of Histology and EmbryologyUniv. of NaplesNaplesItaly

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