[DWJ] Sex/gender (was Any number of threads and... somethingelse....)

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Mon Apr 23 22:43:28 EDT 2007


On Apr 23, 2007, at 8:34 PM, Juliette Curtis wrote:

> The females of some lizard species can give virgin birth and such 
> offspring
> are always male. The mother might then mate with one of her offspring 
> if
> there are no other males available.
>
> A large lizard (monitor? Komodo dragon?) in an Australian zoo recently 
> gave
> virgin birth. It was the first time this phenomenon had been observed 
> in
> this species.

Yes.  It's called parthenogenesis.  There was a quite a stir around
Christmas because several lizards were doing the "virgin birth"
thing.

Has anybody else read "Gibbon's Decline and Fall"?  Or, for that
matter, "Herland" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?



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