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Posted: 21 January 2008 01:20 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Shark virgin birth celebrated in Hungary

A Hungarian aquarium is celebrating an extrordinary virgin birth after its lone female shark produced a pup without ever having come into contact with a male shark.

The white-tipped reef shark, named Ibolya by staff, has been on her own at the Nyiregyhaza Centre since she was born seven years ago.

“When I saw the baby shark lying on the bottom of the tank I thought it was a joke,” said Attila Varga, the centre

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Posted: 21 January 2008 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I saw a baby hippo get killed on Tv last night.

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I’m loving the puppies.

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Posted: 21 January 2008 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Parthenogenesis, where an egg starts to divide without being fertilised, occurs in a number of lower animals such as bees and ants but, it was thought, not in higher animals including cartilaginous fish such as a shark.

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A US zoo last year reported that a hammerhead shark there had given birth to a pup without having come into contact with a male shark but the pup was killed by a stingray before keepers could remove it from its tank.

Yeah, I seem to recall hearing about this sort of thing happening with sharks more than once before.  And I know it happens a lot with lizards, which people would probably describe as being a “higher” lifeform than even sharks are.

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Posted: 21 January 2008 06:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Accipiter - 21 January 2008 10:09 PM

Parthenogenesis, where an egg starts to divide without being fertilised, occurs in a number of lower animals such as bees and ants but, it was thought, not in higher animals including cartilaginous fish such as a shark.

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A US zoo last year reported that a hammerhead shark there had given birth to a pup without having come into contact with a male shark but the pup was killed by a stingray before keepers could remove it from its tank.

Yeah, I seem to recall hearing about this sort of thing happening with sharks more than once before.  And I know it happens a lot with lizards, which people would probably describe as being a “higher” lifeform than even sharks are.

And, what?  They’ve never heard of Jurassic Park?

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Posted: 22 January 2008 06:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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