Scotties Toy Box

June 25, 2016

Transsexual tree ???

Filed under: Earth News, Gender, Health, Nature, Science — Scottie @ 08:50

A 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland is giving itself a sex change. The male Fortingall Yew has been producing pollen for as long as scientists have been studying it, but in 2015, the tree suddenly sprouted berries in a rare occurrence that means at...


  1. I found this… What do you think?

    Gender bending

    Nemo in the film Finding Nemo wasn’t a clownfish but a close relative, the False clownfish. They look similar, except the True clownfish has more intense colours and thick black edging to its stripes. Both species live in a symbiotic relationship with anemones, having evolved a thick mucous coat to protect them from being stung. All True clownfish are born male but some turn into females. The rather odd family grouping inside an anemone is a female (who was previously a male), a dominant male and up to four males who cannot reproduce. If the female dies, the dominant male becomes a female. If a dominant male dies then a non-breeding male becomes able to breed.

    The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson is published by Faber & Faber at £7.99.

    Comment by KIA — June 25, 2016 @ 09:54

    • Kia, I love it. Thanks. What I love most is it is the dominate male that becomes the new female, that will blow the minds of so many religious folk who think only weak ones can feel they are in the wrong body gender. I think we could learn from these fish. Really, I think it is like a family. Anyway. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. Hugs

      Comment by Scottie — June 25, 2016 @ 09:59

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