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Symmetry is the balanced distribution of duplicate body parts or shapes within the body of an organism.

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Are 99% of animals bilaterally symmetric?

The Wikipedia article for "Symmetry in Biology" claims: "Animals with bilateral symmetry are classified into a large group called the Bilateria which contains 99% of all animals (...
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Is there any relation between phyllotaxis and the Fibonacci sequence?

I had to modify the question to get into a clearer answer. I originally asked this: Original question Watching some TV series, I saw the claim that all flowers have a number of petals that is related ...
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What is the minimum-volume : neutral-volume : maximum-volume of the molecules that make up the SARS-Cov-2 virus-fusion machine?

The "neutral-volume" is the over-lapping volume between minimum-volume & maximum-volume of the molecules that make up the SARS-Cov-2-fusion machine. Those identifying potential ...
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Development of radial symmetry in starfishes and other animals

How does nearly perfect radial symmetry arise in an animal like the starfish? My confusion lies in the fact that cells are fluid & amorphous, & that these characteristics seem to make it ...
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Symmetry in Biology

It seems a curious fact to me that all organisms I can think of exhibit some definite symmetry on a large scale (much larger than molecules), and in particular mirror symmetry. Since it is so wide ...
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Are there any known consequences of the right-handedness of the DNA double helix?

In this article it is suggested (without evidence) that the right-handedness of DNA may be the cause that "kick[s] off asymmetry in the early embryo [of snails]". On the one hand we know that ...
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Biological & Evolutionary Reasons for Palm (Bi)Symmetry

The fingers of the human palm exhibit a (bi)symmetrical pattern with regards to their size, in the sense that the thumb and the pinky are almost the same size, and the same holds for the index and ...
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Why is facial symmetry of the opposite sex attractive?

Why do we give so much importance to the symmetry of face in the opposite sex? Why do we yearn to reproduce with a person with a beautiful face? How is it important for survival, if at all? Is there a ...
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Are there certain symmetric-pair muscles that are slightly bigger and NOT due to handedness?

Ok, hear me out, I was just thinking about an article in Nature I read in the past titled "Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture"$^{\dagger}$ and more recently an entire medical textbook ...
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What is bilateral symmetry in "bilateria", an actual symmentry

Wikipedia defines bilateria as : animals with bilateral symmetry, i.e., they have a head ("anterior") and a tail ("posterior") as well as a back ("dorsal") and ...
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Why is the heart not in the middle of the body?

All mammals that I can think of have a high degree of bilateral symmetry (In fact, almost every animal I can think of is like this). So why is the human heart not exactly in the middle of the body? ...
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What is Biradial Symmetry?

I am trying to visualize biradial symmetry. I have read the section in the Wiki entry on Symmetry in Biology but it is quite brief and there is no example to illustrate it. I haven’t been able to find ...
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How symmetrical can an organism be?

The majority of living things have some form of symmetry. Many mammals and fish have bi-symmetry, and anemones, starfish and jellyfish (among others) have radial symmetry. However, there usually are ...
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Why might the chirality of gastopods be dominantly dextral?

This wikipedia page on gastropods provides a definition of chirality, and briefly describes the genetic mechanisms behind why a shell is wound left (sinistral) or right (dextral) handed. It also ...
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