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Thursday, December 21, 2006

THE EMASCULATE CONCEPTION

The timing could’ve been better: but close only counts in horeshoes, hand-grenades, and love.

Oh, and in religion, apparently.

Hat tip to alexatheist at the NGB for alerting me to this.

'Virgin births' for giant lizards


“Scientists report of two cases where female Komodo dragons have produced offspring without male contact. 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.
"We will be on the look-out for shepherds, wise men and an unusually bright star in the sky over Chester Zoo."
Flora, who has never been kept with a male Komodo dragon, produced 11 eggs earlier this year. Three died off, providing the material needed for genetic tests. These revealed the offspring were not exact genetic copies (clones) of their mother, but their genetic make-up was derived just from her. The team concluded they were a result of asexual reproduction, and are waiting for the remaining eight eggs to hatch.
Abnormal phenomenon?
Another captive-bred female called Sungai, at London Zoo in the UK, produced four offspring earlier this year - more than two years after her last contact with a male, the scientists reported in the same paper. Again, genetic tests revealed the Komodo dragon babies, which are healthy and growing normally, were produced through parthenogenesis.
“Sungai was also able to reproduce sexually, producing another baby offspring after mating with a male called Raja.
“Richard Gibson, an author on the paper and a curator at the Zoological Society of London, said: "Parthenogenesis has been described before in about 70 species of vertebrates, but it has always been regarded to be a very unusual, perhaps abnormal phenomenon."
“It has been shown in some snakes, fish, a monitor lizard and even a turkey, he said.
"But we have seen this in two separate, unrelated female Komodo dragons within a year, so this suggests maybe parthenogenesis is much more widespread and common than previously considered."

Time for a chorus of ‘Silent night, Sibilant Night’, ey?

Whiptale lizards are also known to be parthenogenetic.

No doubt the religious world will be all a-flutter: a dragon giving virgin birth? Wonder what old Benedictine’s got to say about this one? I can guess: “It’s SATAN’S doing!”
Especially since a lizard is a snake with legs.

I also wonder what the old Shrub-a-roo will do/say, when confronted with this obvious refutation of the 'natural paradigm'.

Oh, that's right: IT DON'T COUNT.

The Christian apologists will be 'apologizing' about this for years to come, is my prediction.

Till the next post, then.

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10 comments:

Mesoforte said...

Our scaly savior(s) will be born on Christmas, how fitting. ^_^

PS Sorry for being absent so long. I've been at home with dial-up, and its not worth it to go on the internet at 24 Kbps. But I have good news, I'm a junior (college). ^_^

beepbeepitsme said...

So jebus was a lizard? Cool, I like lizards, I may be tempted to convert. (Nah, I won't go that far... )

Krystalline Apostate said...

MF:
Our scaly savior(s) will be born on Christmas, how fitting. ^_^
I'm sure David Icke would be proud.
PS Sorry for being absent so long. I've been at home with dial-up, and its not worth it to go on the internet at 24 Kbps.
Don't sweat it, amigo. It's pretty slow this time of year anyways.
But I have good news, I'm a junior (college). ^_^
Cool, moving up in the world, are ye? Outstanding.

BBIM:
Cool, I like lizards, I may be tempted to convert. (Nah, I won't go that far... )
My great lord Sobek will be ill-pleased w/this. Expect a visit from the Sheti 1 dark & gloomy night.
Oops: did I say that out loud? ;)

karen said...

Meso
Congrats on the juniorism! Good to hear from you.

KA
There's a blue-tail lizard that keeps visiting me on my deck. I wonder now, is he trying to evangelize to me? If so, he is probably frustrated, because I don't understand him and just tell him how pretty he is.

Another one got in the house and must have tried to convert the cats. They crucified it, poor baby.

I think if Shrub even tried to think about parthenogenesis, his brai will explode, so we should encourage that. :)

Krystalline Apostate said...

karen:
There's a blue-tail lizard that keeps visiting me on my deck. I wonder now, is he trying to evangelize to me? If so, he is probably frustrated, because I don't understand him and just tell him how pretty he is.
He's probably looking at you, & thinking, 'If she was my size, I'd eat her.'
Another one got in the house and must have tried to convert the cats. They crucified it, poor baby.
I get the image of the Geico gecko up on a cross.
I think if Shrub even tried to think about parthenogenesis, his brai will explode, so we should encourage that. :)
Hell, his jaw would probably fall off if he tried to PRONOUNCE it.
Either that, or he'd think it was an item on the menu at a Greek restaurant.

Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

Jesus performs the odd miracle on lizards. He can make them grow back tails.

But he hasn't perfected the trick on humans when it comes to limbs.

Krystalline Apostate said...

BEAJ:
But he hasn't perfected the trick on humans when it comes to limbs.
You'd think someone who could raise the dead would be capable of such a thing, no?

HairlessMonkeyDK said...

Heya, Uncy.
I caught this bit of news at P.Z. Myers Palace Of Perfect Profundity.
If you haven't already,
go read the comments section on that article... a chuckle is a good thing.

beepbeepitsme said...

RE Baj:

How true. I hadn't thought of that before.

*Sigh* - further evidence that jebus loves lizards more than humans...

Krystalline Apostate said...

HMDK:
I caught this bit of news at P.Z. Myers Palace Of Perfect Profundity.
Yeah, I caught it the day before, at the NGB. I do lurk a bit at Pharyngula.
Chuckles are a wonderful thing: I indulge them all the time.