Sex FAQs:

Q: Is sex an aspect of this process?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sex determined by five factors present at birth: the presence or absence of a Y chromosome?

A: Yes, and the type of gonads, the sex hormones, the internal reproductive anatomy , and the external genitalia.

Q: Is sex not determined by inherited traits?

A: Yes, but instead by environmental factors experienced during development or later in life.

Q: Is sex hermaphrodite?

A: Yes, but ferns which grow in soil that has previously supported hermaphrodites are influenced by residual hormones to instead develop as male.

Q: Is sex determined by the genome it inherits?

A: Yes.