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Subject: How do species evolve different numbers of chromosomes?

Date: Thu Sep 25 10:23:22 1997
Posted by Howard Port
Grade level: nonaligned
School: None
City: Somerville State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 875201002.Ge
Different species have different numbers of chromosomes.  It would
seem to me that in order to get a new species with a different number
of chromosomes either (1) there would have to be two different
mutations at the same time, each producing an organism with the new
number of chromosomes, or (2) organisms having different numbers of
chromosomes could mate and produce fertile offspring. The former seems
unlikely and the latter disagrees with what I know about, for
instance, mules.  Thanks

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