'Virgin Birth' Occurs in Omaha Shark Tank A female shark in an Omaha, Neb., aquarium has given birth to a pup via parthenogenesis — without sperm from a male shark. Researchers became interested in the birth when it occurred in a shark tank filled only with females. How common are such births and might this mean for shark populations?
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'Virgin Birth' Occurs in Omaha Shark Tank

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'Virgin Birth' Occurs in Omaha Shark Tank

'Virgin Birth' Occurs in Omaha Shark Tank

'Virgin Birth' Occurs in Omaha Shark Tank

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A female shark in an Omaha, N.E. aquarium has given birth to a pup via parthenogenesis — without sperm from a male shark. Researchers became interested in the birth when it occurred in a shark tank filled only with females. How common such births are and what it might mean for shark populations?

George Burgess, director, Florida Program for Shark Research, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida