Best of: Researchers discover a crocodile “virgin birth”
A recent discovery found that a female crocodile living in isolation in a Costa Rican zoo laid some eggs, one of which turned out to contain a stillborn baby crocodile. This phenomenon, which some have compared to Christianity's "immaculate conception," is called parthenogenesis, and it actually has been found to occur among some fish, birds, snakes, lizards, and now crocodiles.
To talk about this discovery, we were joined by one of the scientists who helped study the fertile crocodile egg.
This conversation originally aired on June 22, 2023
Conservation Biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute
Prepared for web by Owen Henderson
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