Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination in Turtles
Caretta caretta, the loggerhead turtle. Photo by J.D. Willson, used with permission by Michael Dorcas.
|Temperature-dependent sex determination is an important biological phenomenon documented in a wide variety of both vertebrates and invertebrates. Among the vertebrates, reptiles are one of the best documented groups that exhibit temperature-dependent sex determination, commonly abbreviated as TSD. This website explores the role that incubation temperature plays in determining the sex ratios of a particular group of reptiles, turtles. The growth, health, evolution, conservation, and indeed very survival of these amazing creatures are affected by TSD.|
This website was created as a part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.
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