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Keltoi
01-25-2007, 12:27 AM
This is weird to me. I know some reptiles have the ability to self-fertilize eggs, but this is the first time the phenomena has been documented with Komodo Dragons.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070124/...n_virgin_birth

Does this mean the ability to self-fertilize is an evolutionary response to declining population in certain species? Interesting possibility.

* After reading the article once again I realized that it has been documented in one other Komodo Dragon. Still strange, as these eggs were fertilized.
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netprince
01-25-2007, 01:09 AM
Interesting article. Ty for posting
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Malaikah
01-25-2007, 01:23 AM
:sl:

I've got a better theory- someone has been a naughty Komodo dragon...:mmokay:

Just kidding lol... thats amazing though! Subhannallah... reminds me of those fish that can switch between male and female. :uuh:

What is with the thread name btw... I thought for a moment this was going to be about Jesus pbuh...
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north_malaysian
01-25-2007, 01:38 AM
God is the most creative......:happy:
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Keltoi
01-25-2007, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by Malaikah
:sl:

I've got a better theory- someone has been a naughty Komodo dragon...:mmokay:

Just kidding lol... thats amazing though! Subhannallah... reminds me of those fish that can switch between male and female. :uuh:

What is with the thread name btw... I thought for a moment this was going to be about Jesus pbuh...
That was the name of the article on Yahoo, so I just copied that heading. Perhaps it would have been better to call it virgin fertilization.
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Muezzin
01-25-2007, 08:09 PM
I know certain species of frogs can change sex in single-sex environments, but I've not heard of asexual amphibians or reptiles.

Apart from Godzilla in the crappy remake.
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Woodrow
01-25-2007, 08:19 PM
Parthogenesis is fairly common in the lower animal kingdom. It occurs in some lizards, a bit more common in amphibians even more common in fish. by the time you get to mollusks it is the rule and not the exception.
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