Virgin Births Happen All the Time | The Behemoth

Birds do it. Bees do it. Snakes, sharks, lizards, and lots of other animals do it solo too.

Source: Virgin Births Happen All the Time | The Behemoth

sometimes turkeys have virgin births.

Scientists knew that some animals that normally reproduce sexually could sometimes reproduce asexually. They even had a word for it: parthenogenesis. At the turn of the century, the eccentric biologist Jacques Loeb had persuaded sea urchins to reproduce parthenogenetically by putting (mislabeled!) chemicals on them. By Olsen’s day, biologists had created fatherless frogs and silk worms, too. But they’d never seen it in an animal as complicated as a turkey. And the news that it could happen frequently and naturally was a stunner.

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