All sex chromosomes started out as an original autosome of an original amniote that relied upon temperature to determine the sex of offspring. Human fetus genitals can sometimes develop abnormalities during maternal pregnancies due to mutations in the fetuses sex-determinism system, resulting in the fetus becoming intersex.
There are also some species that are only one sex due to parthenogenesisthe act of a female reproducing without fertilization. Several attempts to identify the corresponding genes and the regulatory pathways controlled by these have been unsuccessful.
Isolation of Y chromosome-specific sequences from Silene latifolia and mapping of male sex determining genes using representational difference analysis. Sinauer: Sunderland, Mass, pp — In particular, this study shows the unique power of whole genome sequencing paired with novel comparisons of male and female kmer distributions to identify and assemble male-specific sequences in the absence of a fully sequenced and assembled genome.
Supplementary information. Ethylene: a natural regulator of sex expression of Cucumis melo L. Genetics— The average synonymous distance dS was computed for each sequence pair using the yn00 program in the PAML package v.
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This may be significant for the development of eusocialityas it increases the effect of kin selectionbut it is debated. A few species of fish, reptiles, and insects reproduce by parthenogenesis and are female altogether. The accepted hypothesis of XY and ZW sex chromosome evolution is that they evolved at the same time, in two different branches.
Further information: Environmental sex determination. Main article: Temperature-dependent sex determination.
These two groups both evolved the ZW system separately, as evidenced by the existence of different sex chromosomal locations. The ZW sex-determination system is found in birds, some reptiles, and some insects and other organisms. Some species, however, have no sex-determination system.