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Evolution of Social Insect Polyphenism Facilitated by the Sex Differentiation Cascade

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Oettler, Jan ; Klein, Antonia ; Schultner, Eva ; Lowak, Helena ; Schrader, Lukas ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Holman, Luke
Date of publication of this fulltext: 12 Apr 2016 10:46


The major transition to eusociality required the evolution of a switch to canalize development into either a reproductive or a helper, the nature of which is currently unknown. Following predictions from the 'theory of facilitated variation', we identify sex differentiation pathways as promising candidates because of their pre-adaptation to regulating development of complex phenotypes. We show ...


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