Endangered Sawfish Capable Of Virgin Births, Scientists Find
The critically endangered smalltooth sawfish is going to extreme lengths to survive, even reproducing with itself.By Christine Slusser | June 2, 2015
But the smalltooth sawfish is critically endangered, and scientists say the females are doing something rather drastic that species on the brink of extinction sometimes do: giving birth virgin Mary style.
This is according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers found seven of the female sawfish they examined in Florida were likely the product of asexual reproduction... which is weird for a species that usually reproduces sexually.