Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What's good for the Gecko...

Female gecko simulates sex, breeds alone:

The survival of at least one species does not depend on men.The female Mourning Gecko has found a way to simulate sex and produce eggs, rendering her male counterpart redundant.
But the feminist revolution comes with a price.

The invading reptiles from Asia are reproducing at an alarming rate, threatening native species of geckos in the Northern Territory who do things the more traditional way.

"They have an unusual reproductive strategy which allows populations to consist only of females," said NT Environment Minister Marion Scrymgour."Males are not necessary to fertilise and initiate egg production (which) permits the Mourning Gecko to be a very successful invasive species."

As for 'the feminist revolution comes with a price'? That's not quite the way I read it!


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