Early in prophase
The phenomenon of crossing over happens in prophase
The key event in prometaphase
Figure 1. Phases of meiosis one.
I 1and Cytokinesis
In telophase, the separated chromosomes arrive at opposite poles.
Two haploid cells are the end result of the first meiotic division. The cells are haploid because at each pole there is just one of each pair of the homologous chromosomes. Therefore, only one full set of chromosomes is present. This is why the cells are considered haploid—there is only one chromosome set, even though each homolog still consists of two sister chromatids. Recall that sister chromatids are merely duplicates of one of the two homologous chromosomes (except for changes that occurred during crossing over). In meiosis II, these two sister chromatids will separate, creating four haploid daughter cells.