You win some, you lose some...
Well, it looks like I may have spoken too soon. Theists out there, I have some good news for you and I have some bad news for you.
The Good News: There has been a recent documented instance of a virgin birth.* I am entirely serious: a birth resulting from a mother who absolutely, positively, could not have had sexual contact with a male.
The Bad News: The mother is a shark.
I kid thee not:
Scientists have confirmed the second case of a "virgin birth" in a shark.
In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female Atlantic blacktip shark in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center contained no genetic material from a male.
The first documented case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks involved a pup born to a hammerhead at an Omaha, Neb., zoo.
Now, I know, this isn't what everyone may have had in mind. Last time, I'm told, god came to mankind in the form of a human being and part of the "evidence" for his divinity was the aforementioned birth from a virgin. This time... well... god stuck to the last part of the plan but apparently decided to get a little fancy with the first part.
And while everyone else spends a little time soul searching I just want to be the first to welcome our new toothy messiah to the world.**
All hail Jawsus Christ!***
* Actually, there have been two recent documented cases, but that's beside the point.
** Precociously, the messiah has already met a rather dreadful fate: '"By the time they could realize what they were looking at, something munched the baby," he [Demian Chapman, Shark Scientist****] said of aquarium workers. The remains of the pup were used for the DNA testing.'
*** Yeah. I am so going to get complaints about that one.
**** Okay, two things. First, it would be so awesome to be able to introduce yourself as a "Shark Scientist". Secondly, doesn't that make it sound just a little like it's the SHARK that is the scientist?