Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Asexual Reproduction

Reproduction in which the individual is produced from one parent and is genetically identical to that parent; the individual is not produced by the fusion of gametes. Common in unicellular organisms, some plants; also occurs in simple animals through budding, and in more complex animals through parthenogenesis (e.g. social insects, whip-tailed lizards).

Cf. sexual reproduction.

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