Oophagy – the word of the day

I sorta vaguely knew this:

Researchers say the data also indicates that like all present-day lamniform sharks, embryonic Megalodon grew inside its mother by feeding on unhatched eggs in the womb – a practice known as oophagy, a form of intrauterine cannibalism.

Although I was under the impression that it wasn’t necessarily unfertilised eggs that got eated.

Gives a new insight into twins really, doesn’t it?

9 thoughts on “Oophagy – the word of the day”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Sensible people do not leave young children alone otherwise you are moderately likely to see the larger practice evolution in action. We would have a lot fewer younger siblings if older siblings were a bit stronger.

    What is more interesting is that there is some evidence that the mother and the foetus play out a game where the foetus tries to strip the mother of all the resources it can, while the mother resists.

    As you would expect really – the father’s DNA does not care one jot for the mother’s well being.

  2. “I was under the impression that it wasn’t necessarily unfertilised eggs that got eated.” Abortion! Call out the Pope!

  3. Trump impeached with less than 10 days left of his presidency…..guess we can add de-escalation to the list of words Americans don’t understand

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