Monday, 16 January 2017

Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation

quote [ A female zebra shark in Australia has shocked scientists by producing three offspring after spending years away from her male partner. Subsequent analysis found that she had simply developed the ability to do it all on her own. ]
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by vintuk@11:16pmGMT]

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zarathustra said @ 12:08am GMT on 17th Jan
Mother of the Shark Messiah.
foobar said @ 12:09am GMT on 17th Jan
Did she have a bicycle?
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 12:42am GMT on 17th Jan
Wait, some species of turkey can do this?

I'm going to need more gravy.
Hugh E. said @ 1:02am GMT on 17th Jan
Um Peru De Peru No Peru!
5th Earth said @ 5:32am GMT on 17th Jan
Not actually uncommon in the animal kingdom. It's only used as an emergency survival technique though because the offspring are clones of the mother and so don't get the benefits of sexual reproduction. Basically, if a female doesn't mate for a long time, their body says "shit, there's no males around, I'm going to die without children so I better make the best of it myself"
zarathustra said @ 6:02am GMT on 17th Jan
Does it go both ways? Will the next generation, birthed by males, crawl out of grandma's basement?
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 7:23am GMT on 17th Jan
I think it's more likely they'd create some hideous hybrid race by managing to impregnate their anime waifu pillows.
zarathustra said @ 7:35am GMT on 17th Jan
Given that I had to look up Waifu, I feel my ass has been totally kicked in this particular battle of repartee.

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