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Sex determination: More complicated than you thought - Aaron Reedy


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From something as small and complex as a chromosome to something as seemingly simple as the weather, sex determination systems vary significantly across the animal kingdom. Biologist and teacher Aaron Reedy shows us the amazing differences between species when it comes to determination of gender.

For species with temperature dependent sex determination, like the painted turtle, global climate change is a serious concern. In what ways would you expect that female painted turtles will respond behaviorally when choosing nest sites in a warming climate?

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