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Crocodile’s ‘virgin birth’ is a first for science’s history books

Crocodile’s ‘virgin birth’ is a first for science’s history books

STORIES of virgin births, where young are produced without fertilisation, have been told throughout history. Mars the ancient Roman god, Horus the ancient Egyptian god and Qi from ancient Chinese mythology were all born to virgins. But virgin births actually do happen in the natural world. Author LOUISE GENTLE, Principal Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University The first evidence of a virgin birth in crocodiles has been reported in a captive American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, who was housed on her own for 16 years in a zoo in Costa Rica. She laid a clutch of 14 eggs, of which…
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