Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Feminist Sharks Render Men Even More Superfluous Than Once Thought

This is incredible. You have to read this! An Ireland-U.S. study published today finds that female hammerhead sharks can fertilize their own eggs and give birth without the aid of sperm, or males. He-ey, girlfriends!

The study surrounds a baby shark who was born in a tank of 3 females, none of whom had had contact with a male shark in over 3 years (and had potentially sworn off men forever). This was the first shark case of what's called "parthenogenesis," which translates to "virgin birth" (although they've ruled out God as a potential father).

Scientists think this female shark began reproducing asexually as an evolutionary adaptation, but I think it's more likely she just got really into Sex and the City recently (pop culture trends hit late in the shark community). One too many bad breakups and a fourth reading of "He's Just Not That Into You" be enough to make a girl go asexual. Ladies?

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