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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:02 AM   #1
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Shark Gives Birth Without Sex

ScienceDaily: No Sex Please, We're Female Sharks



i used to be really interested in studying sharks, and this just rekindled my interest. They're probably the most complex organism on earth to reproduce asexually. It's astonishing.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 11:02 PM   #2
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Wow! That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Astonishing indeed.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #3
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I like sharks



It is very interesting.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #4
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It's amazing. Kinda cuts into chills when you remember the friend-sayings of your puberty years, like "Don't sit on the toilet after a pregnant woman does or you'll get pregnant."
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Old June 5th, 2007, 06:04 AM   #5
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I saw this thread last night. I went to the link to read, and did not return to post a comment here. But I was impressed and sent the link to a few of my email buds.



One wrote back this morning, and so not my schtick, but said, "Betcha a number of women wish they too could get pregnant without a man!"



NOT ME!!!



Still, I do suppose that adaptation and survival are huge factors in the evolutionary processes of procreation.



My borderline atheist fourteen year old remarked, "Maybe they will name the baby Jesus. "



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Old June 5th, 2007, 06:07 AM   #6
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I saw this thread last night. I went to the link to read, and did not return to post a comment here. But I was impressed and sent the link to a few of my email buds.



One wrote back this morning, and so not my schtick, but said, "Betcha a number of women wish they too could get pregnant without a man!"



NOT ME!!!



Still, I do suppose that adaptation and survival are huge factors in the evolutionary processes of procreation.



My borderline atheist fourteen year old remarked, "Maybe they will name the baby Jesus. "



OD
Or maybe Mithras!!!



This is kind of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it may lead to a greater shark population, which is needed for the ecosystem, but less diversity in genes means more inbreeding and more chances at defects, which isn't all that good, either. I don't know if this is something any shark can do, though. For all we know it's some kind fo mutation.
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It turns out that this shark is actually carrying the shark version of Jesus.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 08:59 PM   #8
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Wow, that's really intriguing. I remember watching a program once about how in very rare circumstances, women can reproduce without sex. Of course, it's a 1 in millions anomaly, but I still thought it was cool.
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