Karyotype Variability and Chromosome Transilience in Rodents: The Case of the Genus Mus

  • Ernesto Capanna
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)


In the evolutionary processes a basic distinction must be made between adaptive divergence and transilience (Templeton, 1982), because the latter involves a discontinuity in which some sort of reproductive barrier is overcome by different evolutionary forces in which chromosomal rearrangements (chromosomal transilience) have to be considered as preeminent. Oversimplifying this semantic dichotomy, natural selection drives adaptive divergence, while transilience occurs in spite of it. This non-Darwinian formulation of transilience speciation obviously must be accepted with all due caution. As will be shown below, some sort of selective advantage must be involved in the chromosomal rearrangement itself in order to allow the fixation of the new karyotype in the population.


Chromosomal Rearrangement House Mouse Diploid Number Metacentric Chromosome Spiny Mouse 
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  • Ernesto Capanna
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  1. 1.Department of Animal and Human BiologyUniversity of RomeRomeItaly

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