What is meant by the term alternation of generation? Give an example using body types.

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Alternation of generation is a type of life cycle seen in some species of plants; it has no comparison among mammals. Here is a very rough analogy: rather than you and your partner each giving half of your genetic information to your child via sexual reproduction, you create a “half-clone” of yourself, which can then clone itself multiple times until you have a small army of clones, each of which could then go off to meet up with someone else’s half-clone and then fuse into an actual child.


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