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Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by amoreobansu: 7:16pm On Jun 07, 2023
A crocodile has made herself pregnant in what is the first recorded example of a “virgin birth” in the species.

The reptile was kept in captivity in a zoo in Costa Rica and had no contact with any male crocodiles, but a fully formed foetus was found inside one of her eggs.

The developing reptile was 99.9 per cent genetically identical to its mother, which proves it had no father.

Scientists said the capability could have been inherited from dinosaurs, which may also have been able to reproduce by themselves and are close relatives of crocodiles.

There are documented examples of virgin births, or parthenogenesis, in snakes, lizards and fish. But this is the first proven example of it in crocodiles.

The crocodile laid several eggs in 2018, when she was 18 years old. Seven were incubated but after none hatched for three months they were opened, revealing the stillborn foetus in one of the eggs.

Virginia Tech researchers, who analysed the foetus, said their findings suggested crocodiles could be having virgin births without anyone realising.

Because parthenogenesis can occur even when potential mates are present, other examples of virgin births may have been missed in the past, they said.

“It is not uncommon for captive reptiles to lay clutches of eggs, given the period of isolation from mates, these would normally be considered non-viable and discarded. These findings therefore suggest that eggs should be assessed for potential viability when males are absent,” the scientists said in their paper published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

“This new evidence offers tantalising insights into the possible reproductive capabilities of extinct relatives of crocodiles,” they added, “notably the dinosaurs”.

One theory for why parthenogenesis happens is when numbers of a species plummet and they are on the verge of extinction.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/06/07/crocodile-dinosaurs-pregnant-virgin-birth-coasta-rica-zoo/

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by LikeAking: 7:21pm On Jun 07, 2023
Good News.

Very soon they will discover humans (females) can impregnate themselves, without sex.

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by Natbrowny: 7:23pm On Jun 07, 2023
Wait a second. I bought a 2 week old turkey. Camped it for like 7months in a cage. No access to outside.

Babe grew fine and started laying eggs under d camping ooo. no male around, no access to outside

d eggs after some research were said to be infertile. Omo turkey hatched d eggs and i have mysef with baby turkeys to feed.

I still never understand how turkey get belle to lay eggs dat were supposed to be infertile but turned out fertile.

Virgin Mary of life.

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by HeartlessMan: 7:28pm On Jun 07, 2023
Their messiah has arrived to sacrifice himself for their salvation.

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by finallybusy: 8:23am On Jun 08, 2023
Natbrowny:
Wait a second. I bought a 2 week old turkey. Camped it for like 7months in a cage. No access to outside.

Babe grew fine and started laying eggs under d camping ooo. no male around, no access to outside

d eggs after some research were said to be infertile. Omo turkey hatched d eggs and i have mysef with baby turkeys to feed.

I still never understand how turkey get belle to lay eggs dat were supposed to be infertile but turned out fertile.

Virgin Mary of life.

They lay eggs because it is what they do. If we had to wait for roosters to fertilize hens for eggs first, humans would not have enough to eat as breakfast.

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by finallybusy: 8:24am On Jun 08, 2023
I am not surprised. Watch humans try to replicate the feat in ourselves. All I care for is limb regrowth. Make them carry this ability comot.

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Re: Crocodile Makes Herself Pregnant In First Case Of Reptile 'Virgin Birth' by Konquest: 11:27pm On Jan 11
amoreobansu:
A crocodile has made herself pregnant in what is the first recorded example of a “virgin birth” in the species.

The reptile was kept in captivity in a zoo in Costa Rica and had no contact with any male crocodiles, but a fully formed foetus was found inside one of her eggs.

The developing reptile was 99.9 per cent genetically identical to its mother, which proves it had no father.

Scientists said the capability could have been inherited from dinosaurs, which may also have been able to reproduce by themselves and are close relatives of crocodiles.

There are documented examples of virgin births, or parthenogenesis, in snakes, lizards and fish. But this is the first proven example of it in crocodiles.

The crocodile laid several eggs in 2018, when she was 18 years old. Seven were incubated but after none hatched for three months they were opened, revealing the stillborn foetus in one of the eggs.

Virginia Tech researchers, who analysed the foetus, said their findings suggested crocodiles could be having virgin births without anyone realising.

Because parthenogenesis can occur even when potential mates are present, other examples of virgin births may have been missed in the past, they said.

“It is not uncommon for captive reptiles to lay clutches of eggs, given the period of isolation from mates, these would normally be considered non-viable and discarded. These findings therefore suggest that eggs should be assessed for potential viability when males are absent,” the scientists said in their paper published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

“This new evidence offers tantalising insights into the possible reproductive capabilities of extinct relatives of crocodiles,” they added, “notably the dinosaurs”.

One theory for why parthenogenesis happens is when numbers of a species plummet and they are on the verge of extinction.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/06/07/crocodile-dinosaurs-pregnant-virgin-birth-coasta-rica-zoo/
Bump.
Parthenogenesis... In snakes, lizards, fish, fruit flies, etc.

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