Thursday, January 13, 2005

Weird Stuff - Attack of the Cloned Turkeys

Since this is about turkeys, maybe I should have called it weird stuffing. Anyway, I enjoy reading the straight dope It has no end of odd information. The most unusual thing I read there was about turkeys.

So, there are animals that can have parthenogenesis, or virgin births, but most of these are very simple creatures. One exception to this is the turkey. In some breeds, the virgin birth rate approaches 40%.

I must have not been paying attention during junior high biology, because I don't remember hearing anything about this unique characteristic of turkeys. Maybe it's a plot to hide the truth until an army of turkey clones can be released on an unsuspecting world.

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