posted by Jenny on .
A biologist is studying the epithelial cells in a variety of plants and animals. She counts the chromosomes in the epithelial cells of several organisms and finds the following numbers:
Organism A: 32 chromosomes
Organism B: 26 chromosomes
Organism C: 24 chromosomes
Organism D: 22 chromosomes
Organism E: 27 chromosomes
Organism F: 12 chromosomes
Organism G: 9 chromosomes
Organism H: 14 chromosomes
Organism I: 38 chromosomes
Assuming that there are no significant mutations represented in these organisms, is it possible that any two or more of these organisms are from the same species? If so, what organisms could possibly be from the same species?
If there are "no significant mutations," wouldn't all the members of the same species have the same number (the species number) of chromosomes in their epithelial cells?
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
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