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Re: Dino sex

Even hermaphrodites have to find another of their kind to mate with!
Examples: snails, slugs, earthworms.  I think what you meant were
parthenogenetic females, i.e. females that are able to bring unfertilized
eggs to term and generate an "only females" line.  In a sense, they are
just cloning themselves.  There are some lizards that do this.

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.

On Thu, 17 Jul 1997 18:56:04 -0700 Randy King <randyk@informix.com>
>That seems interesting to me.  Many fish fertilize the eggs outside 
>body.  It seems plausible to me, but dubious.  I can't, offhand, think
>of anything outside the water that works like that.  Some frogs do 
>close though, even outside the water.  I can't imagine most ideas
>so far.  I don't understand why back-to-back didn't go over so well.  
>This seem the next best option to me, even if unprecedented.
>So, are we certain they weren't hermaphroditic?? ;-)
>Compy07 wrote:
>> This is _VERY_ unlikely, but what if some dinos (ankylosaurs) and 
>> that seemd impossible use the fish's mthod? Leave the sperm near the
>> female, and have her get it off the ground somehow?????? Would this
>> work?
>My other job is dictator/kamikaze pilot.
>Marc: http://www.cs.ruu.nl/~hansb/d.chessvar/makerule.html