Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 46 - Test Your Understanding - Level 3 - Synthesis/Evaluation - Page 1040: 13


Each offspring is developed from an individual gamete, but gametes produced by the komodo dragon are not all identical.

Work Step by Step

During meiosis, there is some variation in the genetic makeup of the gametes produced due to recombination of chromosomes. With parthenogenesis, each gamete develops into a zygote without fertilization and therefore without the addition of other genetic information. Because of this, each of their paired chromosomes will be identical to each other. The offspring will not be identical to one another, however, as the eggs from which they developed were not identical.
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