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Re: Parthenogenesis in vertebrates

On 5/23/07, Jura <pristichampsus@yahoo.com> wrote:

Turkeys can. There are probably a few other birds too,


> Is it males being heterozygous that prevents mammals
> from reproducing parthenogenetically?

I don't see why. Heterozygosity is well represented
among squamates and birds too, and it doesn't stop
them from being parthenogenic.

Yes, but it's the females who are heterozygous in those groups, no? Or is the matter (need I eve ask?) more complicated than that?

Mike Keesey