Wednesday, December 27, 2006

komodo dragon virgin birth

Imagine how surprised zookeepers were to find out this Komodo Dragon was pregnant - without having any contact with male dragons!
Flora has never mated, or even mixed, with a male dragon, and fertilized all the eggs herself, a process culminating in parthenogenesis, or virgin birth. Other lizards do this, but scientists only recently found that Komodo dragons do too.



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