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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Lizard Messiah to be Born!

Everybody get the Frankincense and Myrrh ready! The saurian saviour is about to be born in Chester, UK!
LONDON (Reuters) - Flora, a pregnant Komodo dragon living in a British zoo, is expecting eight babies in what scientists said on Wednesday could be a Christmas virgin birth.
Self fertilization (Parthogenesis) is not uncommon in lizards and amphibians, but this is the first time it's been observed in Komodo Dragons. Jesus notwithstanding, the ability to procreate spontaneously has been lost in mammals, similar to the ability to regenerate lost limbs.

Wait! Did Jesus do that? Grow a lost leg for a cripple? Hey, maybe Jesus was like Dr. Connors!

"Iesus Chesteri, Tyrannosaurus Rex"

Scientists theorize that parthogenesis was retained in Komodo dragons as a way for the Indonesian lizards to populate isolated islands in the archipelago.
"The genetics of self-fertilization in lizards means that all her hatchlings would have to be male. These would grow up to mate with their own mother and therefore, within one generation, there would potentially be a population able to reproduce normally on the new island," Buley added.


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