Men are from…

Ever felt like men and women were seperate species, genetically unrelated?

If you’re a particular kind of fire ant, it just might be true.

Research on these particular fire ants seems to indicate that:

* Queens reproduce parthenogenetically – that is, they clone themselves without require fertilisation from a male.

* Drones are produced “normally” – with an egg from a female fertilised by a male

* Males are reproduced… bizarrely. It appears that the male will fertilise a females eg, as per usual – but the female’s DNA then gets evicted from the egg, so the resulting offspring is male – and a genetic clone of the father.

Thus, the males in the colony are clones; the queens are clones of each other – but the males and the queens aren’t related at all, even if they share parents.


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