Speciation: Genetics

Abstract

New species arise when previously interbreeding populations become isolated by reproductive barriers. These barriers are thought to originate as a byproduct of genetic divergence between geographically isolated populations; they may have a complex polygenic basis or be under simple genetic control.

Keywords: reproductive isolation; genetic architecture; standard model↓Haldane's rule; hybrid speciation

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Ungerer, Mark C, and Rieseberg, Loren H(Sep 2005) Speciation: Genetics. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0004203]