Monday, July 27, 2009

Virgin births with Komodo Dragons

Like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, Komodo dragons are capable of giving birth without the aid of a mate. This is an older article from 60 Second Science, but interesting all the same.

Indonesian dragons can breed without the benefit of masculine companionship. Last week, researchers reported in Nature that the only two sexually mature female Komodo dragons in all of Europe laid viable eggs without insemination from a male. One Komodo, named Flora, lives at the Chester Zoo in England and has never been kept with a male; yet a few months ago she laid a clutch of 11 eggs, eight of which seem to be developing normally and may hatch as soon as January.

Read the rest here.

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