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Signora Del Drago
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As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her offspring..

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Doug4.7
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Not a good sign...Virginal birth, seven offspring...a dragon..... If one egg "disappears" (the seventh one in fact)....Look for the Anti-Christ in 20 odd years....

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[stupid hijack]

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At eight years old, Flora — whom Buley describes as "demure" — is sexually mature. Having been raised in captivity, she has never been exposed to a male Komodo dragon. She lives with her younger sister, Nessie.

That's why searchers in Scotland can't find Nessie... she's in England!

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How cool! I had no idea Komodos (or any vertebrates actually) could do this!

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I was aware of parthenogenesis occurring in whiptail lizards and a few other vertebrates (there are no male whiptail lizards) but the fact that it seems to have spontaneously generated in Komodo dragons is really fascinating. On the one hand, as the conservation biologists explained, self-fertilization could be a benefit to boosting the population of this endangered species. On the other hand, self-fertilization doesn't allow for gene flow, and mutations are the only way the offspring could develop increased vigor in that situation.

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Luka_the_Pooka
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This is my favorite part:

"We were blown away when we realized what she'd done," said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora's home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. "But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus."

[lol]

According to Wikipedia, parthenogenesis occurs in some species of plants (such as those that give seedless fruit), water fleas, aphids, bees, wasps, ants, fish, frogs, salamanders, rock lizards, geckos, whiptails, and even a few birds, such as turkeys. Awesome!

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
Not a good sign...Virginal birth, seven offspring...a dragon..... If one egg "disappears" (the seventh one in fact)....Look for the Anti-Christ in 20 odd years....

The BBC says there are eight viable eggs...

'Virgin births' for giant lizards

They have a bit more information about the genetics involved too.

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Doug4.7
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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
Not a good sign...Virginal birth, seven offspring...a dragon..... If one egg "disappears" (the seventh one in fact)....Look for the Anti-Christ in 20 odd years....

The BBC says there are eight viable eggs...

'Virgin births' for giant lizards

They have a bit more information about the genetics involved too.

Then we are safe from the Anti-Christ.......for now...... [lol] (note there is no evil laughter emoticon....)

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I got the same article in my email, Richard. This is all so fascinating, isn't it?
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Richard Gibson, an author on the paper and a curator at the Zoological Society of London, said: "Parthenogenesis has been described before in about 70 species of vertebrates, but it has always been regarded to be a very unusual, perhaps abnormal phenomenon."

It has been shown in some snakes, fish, a monitor lizard and even a turkey, he said.

"But we have seen this in two separate, unrelated female Komodo dragons within a year, so this suggests maybe parthenogenesis is much more widespread and common than previously considered."

Emphasis mine.

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Richard W
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It was a near miss in the world of omens, though, wasn't it? The armageddonists must have been really disappointed.
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quote:
Originally posted by tagurit:
quote:

It has been shown in some snakes, fish, a monitor lizard and even a turkey, he said.

"But we have seen this in two separate, unrelated female Komodo dragons within a year ..."


Colour me confused. Komodo "dragons" are monitor lizards.

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Ganzfeld
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quote:
Originally posted by Floater:
quote:
Originally posted by tagurit:
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It has been shown in some snakes, fish, a monitor lizard and even a turkey, he said.

"But we have seen this in two separate, unrelated female Komodo dragons within a year ..."


Colour me confused. Komodo "dragons" are monitor lizards.
More specifically, Komodo dragons are the largest species of monitor lizard. (So it's not really redundant.)
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Floater
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I was thinking more about the wording in that quote, where whoever said it sort of implied a monitor lizard plus a couple of Komodo dragons.

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dfresh
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This explains so much. Jesus was born of parthenogenesis! That explains why Mary "never knew man", and why Jesus is not mentioned to have married in the Bible: he was a semi-clone of Mary, and hence female, living in drag! And it would explain why Paul said that it is a good thing for people to not marry: he wanted MORE people to reproduce by parthenogenesis, like Jesus did, in hope they would be holy.
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Rhiandmoi
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quote:

As soon as human women can become pregnant via a process of “wanting to,” or whatever the Komodo dragons were doing, there’s really no point in having men around at all.



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Ganzfeld
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quote:
Originally posted by Floater:
I was thinking more about the wording in that quote, where whoever said it sort of implied a monitor lizard plus a couple of Komodo dragons.

Granted, whoever wrote the piece appears not to have known. But what it means is clear: two Komodo dragons as well as at least one other monitor lizard.
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