In deference to all those who will be spending Valentine’s Day very much alone…
What follows is a series of post of animals who are doing just fine, all on their own.
But first, to make it easier, let’s define some terms.
- Parthenogenesis, from the Greek meaning “virgin birth” is an odd quirk of embryonic development that allows the female animals of some species to have offspring without a male genetic contribution – usually by a doubling of the egg genome to generate a new embryo with the proper number of chromosomes. In other words, females self-fertilizing their eggs.
- I’ll be focusing on the at the animals who can reproduce with a member of the opposite sex, and choose self-fertilize.
- Not including transsexual and transgender animals in this series.
Enjoy, all you lonely motherfuckers 🙂