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Baby (Shark) Jesus is born

May 23, 2007

hammerheadshark.jpgFrom Telegraph.co.uk:

Birds do it. Bees do it. Now it seems that sharks are the latest, and largest, creatures that are able to reproduce without having sex, a finding that could have important implications for conserving these endangered fish.

A female hammerhead shark has given birth without the help of a male, after genetic tests revealed that its baby shark had no paternal DNA.

An international team reports that the shark’s “virgin birth” was down to an unusual method of reproduction known as “parthenogenesis”, where an egg starts to divide without being fertilised.

This is the first scientific report of male free asexual reproduction in sharks.

That’s pretty cool, actually. It should really help support the Shark population if they are able to give birth without the involvement of males.

Let’s just hope this never happens with the human race, or… I’m sad to say it, but women really would hold all the power. Then again, the grass still needs to be cut every week, so at least we can still cling to that.

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4 comments

  1. And don’t forget the bugs that need killing. There are many uses for you guys. 😉


  2. Hahah, very good point! Matt knows all about the almost invisible to the naked eye, but very deadly bugs!


  3. well look what weve done lads well well now and mother nature has saved our bacon again… tut tut tut now what is next will our females be reproducing clones of themselves..? thanks for looking at this and please take the time to think about what we are doing and think about a greener life and what is the need for showers and baths and cars and all our modern day so called ‘essentials’ it is ruining our our environment and our childrens future and our childrens childrens future and their childrens future is this what you want for the future generations of your family name…?? also we are disrespecting the religion of catholics around the world by calling it a baby ‘Jesus’ shark…


  4. Crazy people make me laugh.



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