Gynandromorphic Chickens: Half-Male And Half-Female

Gynandromorphic Chickens: Half-Male And Half-Female
By Jen Pitino, Idaho Josephine Joseph was one of several real-life circus sideshow performers cast in the eponymously titled 1932 horror film, Freaks. Josephine Joseph claimed to be sexually split down the center of her body — right side male, left side female. Though Josephine Joseph was prosecuted in the United Kingdom as a fraud for her “Half Woman-Half Man” show, dual-sexed chickens are the real deal. What is Gynandromorphism? The word gynandromorph comes from the Greek root words: 1) gyn (which means female; 2) andro (which means male; and 3) morph (which means state or form). A gynandromorphic animal is comprised of both male and female cells. When displayed in a bilateral pattern, the left side of the body will appear to be one sex and the right side the opposite sex. Gynandromorphism has been reported in insects, birds and crustaceans, but not in other species. In part, this may be due to gynandromorphism not being found in mammals. However an additional explanation for other species gynandromorphs

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