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History In 1784, Spallanzani established the need of interaction between the female's ovum and male's semen to form a zygote. Oscar Hertwig (1876), in Germany, described the fusion of nuclei of spermatozoa and of ova from sea urchin.<ref>Birkhead, T.R. & Montgomerie, R. (2009). Three centuries of sperm research, pp 1-42 in: Birkhead, T. R., Hosken, D. J. & Pitnick, S. Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective. Elsevier/Academic Press, Amsterdam. 642 pp., [1].</ref>


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Intro  History  Fertilization in plants   Fertilisation in animals   Fertilization in fungi  Fertilization in protists   Fertilisation and genetic recombination   Parthenogenesis  Allogamy and autogamy  Other variants of bisexual reproduction  Benefits of cross-fertilization  See also  References  External links  

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