If I still remember my biology class correctly, asexual reproduction (where an organism reproduces without the copulation of the male and female species) only works best in single-cell organisms. When it comes to a multi-cellular organism (which is basically any organism that you don’t need a microscope to see) asexual reproduction is not as efficient.
That is because sexual reproduction (birth that results from the copulation of the male and female animals of the same species) brings about a good diversity of good and bad genes. The less related the male and female are, the more the virility of the resultant offspring.
A certain zebra shark named Leonie has decided to go against the norm and have a ‘virgin birth’. Leonie defied the age-old tale; of boy meets girls, boy likes girl, girl likes boy back, the two go horizontal, and voila you got little boys and girls running around. No, Leonie said sperm-be-damned, and she took matters into her own
Leonie, the zebra shark, has just stunned the scientists’ community by giving birth to three babies all by herself. Well, Leonie is not a virgin, …read more