Thursday, April 16, 2009

Males are not necessary anymore....

At least not for a species of tropical ant which is exclusively female.
They reproduce themselves by cloning, and the babies are always girls.
The phenomenon takes the stress out of finding a mate and may help keep the peace , what about doing the same in our world?
The lack of males appears to have little impact on the ants' lives, the absence of males does not generate extra work for the female worker ants.
Besides, if all women look exactly the same there is no competition or whatsoever.

Peter Barnard, of the Royal Entomological Society, said: 'The disadvantages probably outweigh the advantages.' Of course he is a male...
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