Komodo Virgin Birth

Flora the Komodo dragon laid some eggs that will hatch around Christmas. Here's the neat part:

Tests revealed their eggs had developed without being fertilised by sperm - a process called parthenogenesis, the team wrote in the journal Nature.

One of the reptiles, Flora, a resident of Chester Zoo in the UK, is awaiting her clutch of eight eggs to hatch, with a due-date estimated around Christmas.

Kevin Buley, a curator at Chester Zoo and a co-author on the paper, said: "Flora laid her eggs at the end of May and, given the incubation period of between seven and nine months, it is possible they could hatch around Christmas - which for a 'virgin birth' would finish the story off nicely.


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I read on yahoo that one of the eggs has hatched and it's a boy.

It seems as if one of my favorite bands of the 90's [The Jesus Lizard) truly predicted the future.
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