The Evolution of Sex Chromosomes through the Baldwin Effect

08/10/2018 ∙ by Larry Bull, et al. ∙ 0

It has recently been suggested that the fundamental haploid-diploid cycle of eukaryotic sex exploits a rudimentary form of the Baldwin effect. Thereafter the other associated phenomena can be explained as evolution tuning the amount and frequency of learning experienced by an organism. Using the well-known NK model of fitness landscapes it is here shown that the emergence of sex determination systems can also be explained under this view of eukaryotic evolution.

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