Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life (14th Edition)

Published by Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ISBN 10: 1305073959
ISBN 13: 978-1-30507-395-1

Chapter 41 - Self-Quiz - Page 740: 1



Work Step by Step

For sexual reproduction to occur, there must be a meeting of male and female gametes. To form gametes, meiosis must occur; this process creates descendant cells with half the number of chromosomes as the parent cells. During fertilization, a new organism is created when the two gametes unite, thus restoring the original number of chromosomes; the offspring has a unique combination of traits that comes from both parents. Vertebrates are not the only types of organisms that engage in sexual reproduction.
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