Virgin birth has just been discovered in wild snakes. Cue Jurassic…

Facultative parthogenesis, commonly known as "virgin birth," isn't unheard of in the animal kingdom, but it's especially rare among vertebrates. And while it's been observed in snakes in the past, never before has it been identified in any wildspecies. Until now. » 9/13/12 2:00pm 9/13/12 2:00pm

How scientists tried to confirm a "virgin birth" long before DNA testing

In the 1950s, geneticist Helen Spurway learned of a woman, Emmimarie Jones, who claimed that her daughter had been born without a father. Spurway had studied parthenogenesis in fish, and was curious as to whether a so-called "virgin birth" was possible in humans. But decades before DNA profiling, how could she confirm or … » 8/19/12 1:00pm 8/19/12 1:00pm