“We saw blood vessels and a small embryo,” said Buley, one of the Nature study’s authors. “And we knew immediately that Flora had fertilized the eggs herself.” At the London Zoo, Sungai gave birth to four dragon hatchlings in April through self-fertilization. In the meantime, Buley and his colleagues at the Chester Zoo are eagerly anticipating the hatching of Flora’s remaining eggs. A Christmas arrival, Buley says, would probably be on the early side, since the baby dragons are not technically due until January.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her offspring. She’s Flora, the Komodo dragon. In an evolutionary twist, Flora has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. It would seem the timing is auspicious: The seven baby Komodo dragons are due this festive season. “We were blown away when we realized what she’d done,” said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora’s home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. “But we certainly won’t be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus.” Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process known as parthenogenesis. But Flora’s virginal conception, and that of another Komodo dragon earlier this year at the London Zoo, are the first time it has been documented in a Komodo dragon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe cases of 8-year-old Flora and the London lizard, Sungai, are described in a paper published today in Nature. Parthenogenesis is a process in which eggs become embryos without male fertilization. It has been seen in about 70 species, including snakes and lizards. Scientists are unsure whether female Komodo dragons have always had this latent ability to reproduce or if this is a new evolutionary development. Flora’s keepers first became suspicious in May, when she laid 25 eggs. Though it’s not uncommon for female dragons to lay eggs without mating, such eggs are not usually fertilized. As a precaution, they were placed in an incubator. About half of Flora’s eggs looked like real eggs – they were very white and had solid shells. When three of them collapsed, scientists took a closer look.
LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Tomori could make his senior England debut against Czech Republic or Bulgaria stalemate latest Getty Images – Getty Tomori and Abraham have come a long way since watching England at the last World Cup together on holiday “It’s a bit cliched but it is a dream (to be called up). Growing up in England and seeing the players playing at Wembley, it was such a good feeling. It’s indescribable. I tried to take it in as much as possible, but it was a very proud moment.”He added: “I found out after the Lille game (in the Champions League). The manager came up to me and said ‘you are going to be in the England squad tomorrow’.“I was sitting down at the time and I just sat there with Tammy and Mason (Mount) smiling at me. It was a crazy feeling because I wasn’t really expecting it, but I’m very happy.”Tomori’s call-up is a far cry from when he was watching England at the 2018 World Cup as a fan, while on holiday in Marbella with Abraham. But Tomori insists leaving never crossed his mind.Tomori said: “I didn’t have any conversations with the manager about leaving.“Pre-season was just about getting ready for the season, I wasn’t thinking about where I was going to be, somewhere different or anything like that.“The manager told me towards the end of the transfer window ‘you are part of my plans, you are in my ideas’, so from there I knew I was going to be part of the team.” 2 appointed statement 2 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son That earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euro 2020 qualification double-header against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.You can listen to Czech Republic vs England LIVE on talkSPORT on Friday night, kick-off 7:45pm.Tomori, who was picked along with in-form Blues team-mate Abraham, told a press conference: “I’ve taken everything as it has come.“This happened quite fast but it’s been a good 12 months. I’ve been working hard, listening to people, trying to improve myself and it’s going well. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week…Sunderland vs Grimsby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Germany vs Argentina (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Russia vs Scotland (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Czech Republic vs England (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Tranmere (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 update Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Fikayo Tomori has reminisced about watching the 2018 World Cup while on holiday with Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham following his ‘dream’ England call-up.The defender, 21, who was born in Canada and represented them at Under-20 level, has established himself in Frank Lampard’s side this season having also impressed at Lampard’s previous club Derby last season. He continued: “Being here now I just want to try and get my first cap and then try and get more after that as well.“We watched their first game on holiday and we watched the penalty shootout against Colombia together as well.“Of course I’m an England fan. I grew up here and went to school here. To be part of this is a dream.”It could have been very different for Tomori, who was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The President James Washington had a 169-yard performance to put him over 1,000 yards on the season. That’s the first 1,000-yard receiver OSU has had since 2012 when Josh Stewart reached the 1,200-yard plateau. It’s just the seventh player who has ever reached that mark in Oklahoma State history.Adarius Bowman, Rashaun Woods, Hart Lee Dykes, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon and Josh Stewart are the others.In fact, it’s also the first 1,000-yard receiver or rusher OSU has had since 2012 (Joe Randle rushed for over 1,000 yards that season).Here are Washington’s stats.AdChoices广告Four of five of his last eight games were of the 100-yard variety. That’s pretty awesome. It’s even crazier that he’s reached 1,000 yards on just 52 catches. His 20.7 YPC number is the best of any of these 1,000-yard seasons.“I’m going to work with my team and get better,” said Washington on Saturday night. “We have to bounce back in the next game. I’m just blessed to get the opportunity. I just come out every day in practice, work hard and get rewarded in the games.”