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All seed plants have heterosporous spore production. Heterospory is the condition of species where they have two types of sporophylls: megasporophylls and microsporophylls. Megasporophylls produce megaspores that develop into female gametophytes while microsporophylls produce microspores that develop into male gametophytes.
What evolutionary advantage would be recognized by separating the gametes as heterosporous do?
A. Greater chance of cross fertilization
B. Higher percentage of reproduction
C. More gametes being produced
D. Less chance of mixing allele within a population