Flora and Fauna

Sibling Rivalry Spurs Sand Tiger Shark Embryos To Eat Each Other

NPR | May 2, 2013 3:21 p.m.

A recent scientific study shows that sand tiger shark babies eat their litter mates in the womb in the attempt to be the embryo that is ultimately born. Melissa Block speaks with study author Demian Chapman, an assistant professor at Stoney Brook University in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, on why survival of the fittest in sand tiger sharks starts before birth.


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