Evolution of the Simiiformes and the phylogeny of human chromosomes

I. C. Clemente, M. Ponsà, M. García, J. Egozcue

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    This paper is based on the results of Primate chromosome studies obtained using high resolution techniques in our and other laboratories. We discuss the origin and the evolution of the chromosomes in the human karyotype and the time in evolution of the Simiiformes when they acquired their present morphology. Our results indicate that the chromosomes that underwent a higher number of reorganizations during the evolution of the Simiiformes coincide with the chromosomes most often implicated in human chromosome pathology. We describe the main reorganizations that took place during Primate evolution. Centromere activation and inactivation and heterochromatin changes are discussed as mechanisms of chromosome evolution. © 1990 Springer-Verlag.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)493-506
    JournalHuman Genetics
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1990


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