Members of China’s Mosuo ethnic minority, considered one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, dance for tourists in this file photo. Photo: SCMP PicturesMembers of China’s Mosuo ethnic minority, considered one of the last matriarchal societies in the world, dance for tourists in this file photo. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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Are men going to become extinct? Some experts give males 5 million years, but one Chinese-led team says there is still hope
Fragility of male sex chromosome has caused it to shed more than 900 genes over the course of evolution, but one recently discovered protective mechanism may yet save the day
Published: 8:30am, 4 Feb, 2016
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The male sex chromosome, which is notoriously fragile, has been shedding genes over the course of human evolution, leading some scientists to fret that male babies will no longer be born in 5 million years’ time.
While this may sound far-fetched, the animal kingdom throws up some scary precedents. Whiptail lizards are a case in point: they have already evolved into a self-sustaining species composed entirely of females.
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