Podcast Episode 67 l Parthenogenesis in a crocodile, is it good for conservation?

Stillborn fetus of American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, Parthenogen. Photo courtesy of Q. Dwyer.
Stillborn fetus of American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, Parthenogen. Photo courtesy of Q. Dwyer.
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Scientists have recently made a remarkable discovery, reporting the first-ever documented case of a virgin birth in crocodiles. The incredible finding involves a captive American crocodile Crocodylus acutus, which had been living in solitude for 16 years at a zoo in Costa Rica. But is it good for conservation? It shows that nature finds ways to survive but will it be effective?

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