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Virgin Births in Nature

Parthenogenesis as a last resort in reproduction

photo by Mile Ribeiro, courtesy of Pexels

In August 2021, the Cala Gonone Aquarium in Sardinia (Italy) took the Internet by storm with the birth of a smoothhound shark named Ispera.

Ispera’s arrival was completely unprecedented as she emerged from a tank containing only female sharks. With no male shark available to contribute to Ispera’s genesis, her birth…

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