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(NPR)   Meet Diploscapter pachys, a tiny worm who hasn't had sex in 18 million years. And you thought you were in a dry patch   ( npr.org) divider line
    More: Interesting, Reproduction, New York University, asexual population, D. pachys, Sex, long-lived asexual species, bad mutations, seemingly unimpressive roundworm  
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2017-10-12 10:42:50 AM  
Little guy just needs a slump buster.
 
2017-10-12 12:43:32 PM  
I don't mean to be callous but since worms have both male and female reproductive organs I'm going to have to request that you go feck yourself, Diplo.
 
2017-10-12 01:03:00 PM  
Whats it's Fark handle?
 
2017-10-12 05:11:37 PM  

real_headhoncho: Whats it's Fark handle?


Found it
 
2017-10-12 06:42:29 PM  
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2017-10-12 06:43:34 PM  
Still got it beat.
 
2017-10-12 06:47:33 PM  
I'm always in a dry patch; The wife gets to sleep on the wet spot.

/the veal, try it, please.
 
2017-10-12 06:47:59 PM  
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2017-10-12 07:00:41 PM  
18 million years? I can do that in my sleep. I'm like a sexual C. elegans
 
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2017-10-12 07:01:55 PM  
It's basically just been cloning itself this whole time. Usually, that's a solid strategy for going extinct, fast. What's its secret?

I thought that notion was out of fashion recently. Somebody proved that sex isn't so great after all.

One of S. J. Gould's books, I think it was Punctuated Equilibrium (2007), discussed old lineages of asexual animals. And protozoans have been asexual all along (but they do have the advantage of sexless gene swapping).
 
2017-10-12 07:08:00 PM  
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2017-10-12 07:13:28 PM  
Reproduces through self love.......lucky.
 
2017-10-12 07:13:39 PM  
Meet Diploscapter pachys, a tiny worm who hasn't had sex in 18 million years.

C'mon, dude.  Regardless of how long it *seems*, you've only been married for 7 years.
 
2017-10-12 07:19:07 PM  
Massive nuts, I'd bet.
 
2017-10-12 07:33:54 PM  
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2017-10-12 07:37:33 PM  
I'm gonna guess here, without the advantage of one o' them fancy degrees and all, and say the advantage of sex versus asexual reproduction is more and better chances for gene swapping leading to more and better chances for evolving.

Yeah, asexual creatures expend less energy and all that for reproduction--but notice that they're all tiny primitive organisms, or even one-celled organisms. Very little diversity. It's great to build from; but that little worm is never going to do much more than exist.
 
2017-10-12 07:41:19 PM  

Gyrfalcon: I'm gonna guess here, without the advantage of one o' them fancy degrees and all, and say the advantage of sex versus asexual reproduction is more and better chances for gene swapping leading to more and better chances for evolving.

Yeah, asexual creatures expend less energy and all that for reproduction--but notice that they're all tiny primitive organisms, or even one-celled organisms. Very little diversity. It's great to build from; but that little worm is never going to do much more than exist.


Counterpoint, bamboo.

That shiat makes Jason Voorhees look easy to kill with its runners.
 
2017-10-12 08:12:50 PM  

doglover: Gyrfalcon: I'm gonna guess here, without the advantage of one o' them fancy degrees and all, and say the advantage of sex versus asexual reproduction is more and better chances for gene swapping leading to more and better chances for evolving.

Yeah, asexual creatures expend less energy and all that for reproduction--but notice that they're all tiny primitive organisms, or even one-celled organisms. Very little diversity. It's great to build from; but that little worm is never going to do much more than exist.

Counterpoint, bamboo.

That shiat makes Jason Voorhees look easy to kill with its runners.


Lots of plants reproduce asexualy  (although usually the reproduce sexual on the side as well). Some plants can even pollinate their own flowers. Lucky bastards.
 
2017-10-12 08:19:55 PM  
I do not want to reproduce.
 
2017-10-12 08:19:56 PM  

iron de havilland: real_headhoncho: Whats it's Fark handle?

Found it


"Sex is pretty great for a lot of reasons (unless, perhaps, you're a duck)"

/When they went down the path of Duck Rape
//I first thought of you.
 
2017-10-12 08:22:27 PM  
The first ten million years is the hardest.
 
2017-10-12 08:29:23 PM  

iron de havilland: real_headhoncho: Whats it's Fark handle?

Found it


Funnied, but incorrect. harlee is not transparent. Nor tiny.
 
2017-10-12 08:30:59 PM  
It's not how deep you fish...
 
2017-10-12 08:58:08 PM  

Jagernaut: doglover: Gyrfalcon: I'm gonna guess here, without the advantage of one o' them fancy degrees and all, and say the advantage of sex versus asexual reproduction is more and better chances for gene swapping leading to more and better chances for evolving.

Yeah, asexual creatures expend less energy and all that for reproduction--but notice that they're all tiny primitive organisms, or even one-celled organisms. Very little diversity. It's great to build from; but that little worm is never going to do much more than exist.

Counterpoint, bamboo.

That shiat makes Jason Voorhees look easy to kill with its runners.

Lots of plants reproduce asexualy  (although usually the reproduce sexual on the side as well). Some plants can even pollinate their own flowers. Lucky bastards.


I always like to imagine the mammilan version of a flower when I need mind numbing horror.
 
2017-10-12 08:59:24 PM  
Must be related to my Ex.
 
2017-10-12 09:12:02 PM  

doglover: Jagernaut: doglover: Gyrfalcon: I'm gonna guess here, without the advantage of one o' them fancy degrees and all, and say the advantage of sex versus asexual reproduction is more and better chances for gene swapping leading to more and better chances for evolving.

Yeah, asexual creatures expend less energy and all that for reproduction--but notice that they're all tiny primitive organisms, or even one-celled organisms. Very little diversity. It's great to build from; but that little worm is never going to do much more than exist.

Counterpoint, bamboo.

That shiat makes Jason Voorhees look easy to kill with its runners.

Lots of plants reproduce asexualy  (although usually the reproduce sexual on the side as well). Some plants can even pollinate their own flowers. Lucky bastards.

I always like to imagine the mammilan version of a flower when I need mind numbing horror.


Or you could watch that scene from The Wall
 
2017-10-13 12:18:54 AM  
He seems a little limp, maybe he just needs some Viagra.
 
2017-10-13 05:31:42 AM  

i.r.id10t: Or you could watch that scene from The Wall


The wall requires more drugs than I've got on hand, and I'm counting the entire planet Earth and the moon as "on hand" for this statement and assuming I have access to all of both bodies without regard to the laws of men or physics.

My imagination, OTOH, is firing on all cylinders 25/8
 
2017-10-13 08:04:24 PM  

doglover: i.r.id10t: Or you could watch that scene from The Wall

The wall requires more drugs than I've got on hand, and I'm counting the entire planet Earth and the moon as "on hand" for this statement and assuming I have access to all of both bodies without regard to the laws of men or physics.

My imagination, OTOH, is firing on all cylinders 25/8


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