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Evolution of Social Insect Polyphenism Facilitated by the Sex Differentiation Cascade

URN to cite this document:
urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-336262
DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.33626
Oettler, Jan ; Klein, Antonia ; Schultner, Eva ; Lowak, Helena ; Schrader, Lukas ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Holman, Luke
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Abstract

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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