Author Topic: Amazonian ant has dispensed of sex and developed into an all-female species  (Read 2848 times)

A.M. Thomas

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7998931.stm

This is so awesome.  "This species - the first ever to be shown to reproduce entirely without sex - cultivates a garden of fungus, which also reproduces asexually."

Ants are such amazing creatures.  It makes me wonder why more species haven't evolved to regulate sexual reproduction.  Though, maybe we just haven't discovered them yet.  Evolution at work!

(Insert Andrea Dworkin joke here!)

I'm not a chicken,  you're a turkey.

Kim Kelly

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Too soon?

hugman

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both of those things sound so hot....jpegs?  Whaaaaaaat?

Sarah

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Science fiction has been positing this kind of thing forever.  Come to think of it, humans may be in the running sooner than we think:  sperm counts are dropping worldwide.

Trembling Eagle

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sexual reproduction gives your species more versatility with genes.

I predict we'll soon ( in relative terms, maybe 5-600 years) dispense with purely random sexual selection and regulate or reproduction with our science.



Regular Joe

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sexual reproduction gives your species more versatility with genes.

I predict we'll soon ( in relative terms, maybe 5-600 years) dispense with purely random sexual selection and regulate or reproduction with our science.

And you thought you had a hard time getting laid NOW.

Come on, Jason

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And you thought you had a hard time getting laid NOW.


Don't even get me started!

Emily

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Wasn't this like the subplot of jurassic park?

Regular Joe

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And you thought you had a hard time getting laid NOW.


Don't even get me started!

I deserved this, 100%.

scratchbomb

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The male ants died out because they wouldn't ask for directions to the womens' anthills! Am I right? Ladies, back me up on this!
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Trembling Eagle

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The male ants died out because they wouldn't ask for directions to the womens' anthills! Am I right? Ladies, back me up on this!

BOOM!