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painting of komodo dragon

Gwenn Seemel
Virgin birth (Komodo dragon)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Some girls can even make boy babies without ever having had sex with boys.

The female komodo dragon can produce male offspring without the contribution of a male.  Because the female komodo dragon has ZW sex chromosomes and the male has ZZ, a female can lay eggs with just one Z chromosome and that egg will eventually develop into the ZZ of a male.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.