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

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Mon Apr 23 22:46:35 EDT 2007


A bit of research reveals that the "virgin birth" lizards were Komodo
Dragons in England.

So let me check out Monitors?

On Apr 23, 2007, at 8:43 PM, Otter Perry wrote:

>
> 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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