Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’
homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.
a. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to
b. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease
because of their homogeneity
The solution in the OG is given as b. whereas I chose a. primarily because a. is inclusive of the whole cheetah species whereas b. i pertaining to only a few members of the species. Kindly comment
Modifier before a clause modifies the immediate succeeding noun.
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another is a modifier (adds additional data/modifies the meaning of the sentence in some way)
Ask the question – Who/What are like clones in their similarity to one another?
Answer – The members of the cheetah species
In that case, the members of the cheetah species must immediately succeed the modifier