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Top of The Evolutionary Tree?


As humans we love the idea that we’re the smartest species on earth. We might be the smartest but we still haven’t pulled off the really impressive stuff like these sharks. A female shark in a zoo has been observed giving birth to a pub with no assistance from a male shark. A virgin birth, that’s something worth getting excited about.

The first documented case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks involved a pup born to a hammerhead at an Omaha, Neb., zoo.

"This first case was no fluke," Demian Chapman, a shark scientist and lead author of the second study, said in a statement. "It is quite possible that this is something female sharks of many species can do on occasion."

This story of virgin births reminds me of the line in the movie Jurassic Park that Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr. Malcolm says – "If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously."

Author Richard Banfield

As CEO, Richard leads Fresh Tilled Soil’s strategic vision. He’s a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.

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