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May 24, 2007

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Hammerhead Shark Has “Virgin Birth"

A lot of people think of virgin birth as a once-in-a-millennium sort of thing, if that. But it’s not as uncommon as you may think, according to this Florida Sun Sentinel story:

A hammerhead shark captured in Florida Bay gave birth without sex, according to scientists who said they used genetic analysis to account for the mysterious appearance of a pup in a tank of female sharks.

The phenomenon, known among biologists as a "virgin birth," had been observed before among some snakes, lizards and birds, but never a shark, the scientists say.

Comments

Matt

Goes a long way to scientifically explaining the "birth" of an entire religion.

William

Matt, don't tell religion that science has it's back. It would end a long feud.




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