Evolution of the life cycle in land plants

@article{Qiu2012EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the life cycle in land plants},
  author={Yin Long Qiu and Alexander Taylor and Hilary A. McManus},
  journal={Journal of Systematics and Evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={50}
}
Abstract  All sexually reproducing eukaryotes have a life cycle consisting of a haploid and a diploid phase, marked by meiosis and syngamy (fertilization). Each phase is adapted to certain environmental conditions. In land plants, the recently reconstructed phylogeny indicates that the life cycle has evolved from a condition with a dominant free‐living haploid gametophyte to one with a dominant free‐living diploid sporophyte. The latter condition allows plants to produce more genotypic… Expand
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