First-Ever Crocodile Virgin Birth Could Lead Scientists to New Methods of Conservation and Preservation


In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have recorded the first ever crocodile virgin birth at a reptile park in Costa Rica. A female American crocodile named Coquita, isolated for 16 years, was found with a clutch of 14 eggs, a phenomenon known as facultative parthenogenesis (FP). This type of asexual reproduction, previously observed in birds, sharks, lizards, and snakes, has been documented in the Crocodilia order for the first time. Seven of the 14 eggs were viable, but none hatched, with one containing a fully formed but non-viable fetus almost genetically identical to the mother. This discovery and the known occurrence of FP in birds suggest a common evolutionary origin, potentially shedding light on the reproductive capabilities of extinct archosaurian relatives of crocodilians, including dinosaurs and pterosaurs.

Dr. Warren Booth, a researcher, parthenogenesis expert, and co-author of the crocodile virgin birth study, noted that the complex mechanism deployed to create the conditions, in this case, were likely inherited from the crocodile’s far distant relatives, the dinosaurs.

Scientists frequently turn to nature for learnings that help reshape man’s understanding of its environment, the potential to solve problems and find medical cures. Where will this latest discovery take the scientific world?

Leslie Samuel, Founder and Creator at Interactive Biology, shared his excitement about this first-of-its-kind crocodile virgin birth discovery and hinted at some of the intriguing possibilities that could domino off of further research into crocodile facultative parthenogenesis.


Leslie’s Thoughts:

“Scientists have discovered the first ever virgin birth in crocodiles. You heard that right, a virgin birth. Now this isn’t the first time this has been observed. It’s been seen in birds, sharks, and even lizards. This fascinating phenomenon is called facultative parthenogenesis. It’s when a species that typically reproduces sexually will reproduce asexually. But this is the first time it’s ever been seen in crocodiles. Now, I know what you’re thinking. What in the world does this mean? And that’s precisely what scientists are trying to figure out. Is it possible that other species can reproduce by facultative parthenogenesis that we never knew about? Is this a way for some species on the brink of extinction to still reproduce? If it is possible for reproduction to happen even in isolation, does this open new avenues for how we approach conservation and preserving biodiversity? Also, does this give us insight into how other extinct reptiles, like dinosaurs, how they reproduced?

This could transform the way we think about life and survival strategies in these ancient creatures. I believe this is a whole new realm of biology just waiting to be explored.”


Article written by James Kent.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!



promotional claims
Aligning, Appraising, and Simplifying Scientific Data Strengthens Promotional Claims
June 20, 2024

The pharmaceutical industry faces the challenge of converting complex medical and scientific information into clear, effective promotional claims. This process is critical as it balances the need for accurate scientific communication with the requirement for impactful marketing. The stakes are high, as promotional materials must adhere to stringent regulatory standards while also appealing to…

Read More
promotional review meetings
Defining Goals, Leveraging Technology, and Planning Ahead are Essential for Successful Promotional Review Meetings
June 20, 2024

Today’s fast-paced business environment demands effective review of promotional content. Ensuring all promotional materials are compliant, accurate, and impactful has become crucial. This necessity has given rise to structured promotional review meetings, a trend essential for maintaining quality and compliance in marketing efforts. These meetings facilitate collaboration, ensure adherence to regulatory standards, and help…

Read More
embracing change
Moving Forward with Fans First
June 20, 2024

In a compelling conversation on fostering innovation within corporate culture, Jesse Cole of the Savannah Bananas highlights the importance of embracing change as a tool for continuous improvement. Cole underscores that change should not be seen as change for its own sake but as an essential part of striving to better serve customers and…

Read More
work-life balance
Achieving Work-Life Balance and Emotional Sobriety with Matt Seefeld
June 20, 2024

This episode of the Growthwell podcast, hosted by Josh Byrd, focuses on achieving a meaningful work-life balance. The discussion examines trends and personal strategies for balancing professional growth and individual well-being. This episode is particularly relevant in post-COVID work dynamics and the increasing importance of mental health. This episode’s guest is Matt Seefeld, EVP…

Read More