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Following is our collection of incredible Embryos fact check articles and charts explaining insights about Embryos. Sometimes weird, funny, and true Embryos facts.

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  1. By suppressing the expression of certain genes specifically for beak development, scientists were able to grow a chicken embryo with a dinosaur-like snout instead of a beak

  2. Armadillos of the genus Dasypus (the only ones found in the US) give birth to four genetically identical young that split from the same embryo; i.e. they always have identical quadruplets; they are the only known vertebrate animals to exhibit this "polyembryony"

  3. Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a task force rescued around 1400 frozen embryos stranded in a hospital without power. The embryos were considered to be people under Louisiana law.

  4. Men only have nipples because they develop them before being assigned a gender as an embryo

  5. Sand sharks get pregnant with up to 50 embryos where one eats all of the others, grows and is born.

  6. Female sand tiger sharks have two uteri carrying hundreds of eggs, but the strongest embryo in each eats off all other eggs and hatchlings near it. Only two babies are born later - one from each uterus.

  7. Sometimes female lions can develop manes! Such masculine females likely occur when the embryo is disrupted, either at conception or while in the womb.

  8. Missy, the most expensive cow ever sold. Worth $1,2 million, she is considered to be the top milk cow, being the top in both beauty and milk production. Her embryos alone are worth $3 million dollars in pre-signed contracts.

  9. In 2007, seeds were found frozen below the permafrost. Thought to have been buried by Arctic ground squirrels around 31,500 to 32,300 years ago in the Ice Age. Out of 600,000 seeds, three embryos successfully germinated into plants. Currently the oldest confirmed viable seeds on Earth.

  10. The project aimed at resurrecting the Woolly Mammoth is only three successful mutations away from beginning embryo growth in Asian Elephants.

What are some fun facts about embryos?

Missy the cow, worth $1.2 million, is considered to be the top milk producing cow and also won every beauty contest she entered. Missy’s owners previously pre-sold 25 embryos for $230,000.

A team of scientists suppressed genes for beak development in a chicken embryo to find out what bird ancestors looked like -- and the embryo grew into a chicken with the face of a dinosaur.

Chickens have a three digit hand and a tail while in embryo and genes trigger their re-absorption. Scientists are trying to isolate and deactivate these to create a chickenosaurus.

Tiger shark embryos fight each other in their mother's womb. The survivor is born.

The state reptile of New Mexico is an all-female species of lizard. Individuals are either the result of two other species interbreeding, or through parthenogenesis (embryos developing from unfertilized eggs).

Certain mammals such as the red kangaroo or roe deer can perform Embryonic Diapause- the ability to "pause" embryo development in unfavorable environmental conditions, effectively saving the embryo and the mother's life in bad conditions.

Nine-banded armadillos consistently give birth to identical quadruplets. Only one egg is ovulated and then the embryo splits four ways.

When humans are embryos, the first thing we do is form into a doughnut. The doughnut hole becomes our entire digestive tract.

The first tiger shark to hatch inside it's mother's uterus eats all the other embryos, and at least one scientist has been bitten by unwisely sticking a finger in a pregnant tiger shark's uterus

For $50,000 USD, you can harvest a dog's DNA to create a genetically identical embryo, aka Cloning.

When the first horse was cloned, she was implanted with the clone embryo and later gave birth to a carbon-copy of herself. - fact check

It is legal to create a human- animal hybrid embryo, but it is only to be kept alive for 14 days.

Scientists announced they are "50% there" to creating a "chickenosaurus" after they successfully modified the beak of a chicken embryo to resemble the snout of its dinosaur ancestors in 2015

Baby tiger sharks fight each other in the womb, with the largest embryo eating all but one of its siblings.

In 1100, The skull of Pope Lucius I was beheld as a national relic in Denmark, for bringing peace to the city of Roskilde, by protecting it from Demons. He was then put on display with a petrified embryo and revered. Recent carbon dating has uncovered that the skull isn't his.

Fetuses of the giant panda have been grown in the womb of a cat by inserting both panda and cat embryos into the cat womb. The panda embryos were crafted by inserting nuclei from panda cells into rabbit egg cells. The cat mother died of pneumonia before completed term.

During the embryo development 3 sets of kidneys develop, but only one set remains to become the permanent adult kidneys.

In 2008 Nadya Suleman, mother to six children, was implanted with 12 embryos via in vitro fertilization. She gave birth to octuplets (eight babies -- all survived) and was dubbed "Octomom". Dr. Michael Kamrava lost his medical license due to of his "extreme departure from standard of care".

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Yamaguchi University in Japan have successfully injected genes from jellyfish that make bioluminescent proteins into cat embryos, making glow in the dark cats.

A goat in Utah was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk proteins in her milk which is used to make "bio-steel", a material which is stronger than Kevlar.

African clawed frogs are often used laboratory animals. After injecting the urine of pregnant women into female African clawed frog - she starts producing eggs. Their embryos are especially valuable for science because they are transparent and allow close investigation of the embryonic development.

Scientists are going to try and bring back the northern white rhino from extinction by combining the eggs from the southern white rhino with the cryopreserved sperm of a northern white rhino to create viable embryos and embryonic stem cells!

Eggs are not baby chickens , they are just protein stuff which are for embryos to feed on , but these embryos don't exist in eggs that we generally get from market.

Nüsslein-Volhard and Wieschaus identified genes used in embryonic development with a series of genetic screens. They created random mutations in fruit flies using EMS. Some of the mutations affected genes involved in the development of the embryo.

Belt-like swollen area on the earthworm’s body is called clitelum. It secretes slimy substance that forms capsule which protects eggs (sperm cells and eggs merge inside the capsule and form embryos). Encapsulated, lemon-shaped structure with eggs is called cocoon.