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Scientists record for the first time in history a case of “immaculate conception” in a crocodile KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 24, 2024 Time: 09:01:32

An 18-year-old female crocodile “abstained” the company of male relatives for 16 years, but managed to lay 14 eggs in her enclosure. However, as the researchers explain, solitary reptiles often lay unfertilized eggs, but half of our heroine’s clutch consisted of fertilized eggs.

Unfortunately, after three months of incubation, the pups did not hatch, but in one egg, the scientists found a female fetus that was 99.9 percent identical to the father: the unborn baby got two copies of the mother’s DNA at once. Therefore, the researchers ruled out the possibility that a tailed “admirer” was secretly visiting the female.

It should be noted that the new “star” of the zoo was able to make a productive masonry using a natural process called facultative parthenogenesis. It is very rare in nature, but does sometimes occur, especially in reptiles like pythons and boas. In addition, some researchers believe that endangered species are increasingly turning to “immaculate” breeding, because it’s getting harder and harder to find a mate.

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