How Evolution Works 7: Speciation





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Published on Jan 18, 2009

I discuss what speciation is, and how it works. Examples and peer reviewed references are also given.

For information regarding how organisms with Robertsonian translocations can reproduce, see

Bruere AN, Ellis PM., Cytogenetics and reproduction of sheep with multiple centric fusions (Robertsonian translocations). J Reprod Fertil 1979 Nov;57(2):363-75.

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