A Model of Chromosome Evolution and Its Bearing on Cladogenesis in the Hominoidea

  • L. L. Mai
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


Chromosomes may be thought of as the vehicles by which encapsulated genetic material is transmitted between organisms. Chromosomes, like other traits or characters, present a morphology which can be used to distinguish between species, and which changes discretely over time. As one is able to speak of the evolution of the canine tooth or of brain size, one may also speak with equal acuity of the evolution of chromosomes.


Chromosome Evolution Diploid Number Pericentric Inversion Cytogenetic Data Common Progenitor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. L. Mai
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  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, and Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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