This isn’t about falconry, but is interesting nonetheless. I wrote it for our lab blog about a half male/half female ant we discovered.
A gynandromorph is an organism that possesses both male and female tissue. Gynandromorphs can exhibit bilateral symmetry, with male characteristics on one side and female on the other, or can be a mosaic of male and female tissue. Gynandromorphy has been observed in vertebrates and invertebrates, often resulting in striking displays of male and female characteristics on an individual animal.
It’s thought to result from improper division of the sex chromosomes during the first few embryonic cell divisions. For example, in an organism with XY sex chromosomes, when the cell undergoes mitosis, normally the chromosomes duplicate (XXYY) and then divide into two cells, each with an X and Y. With a gynandromorph, when the XXYY split occurs, the two resulting cells are X…
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