An Amazonian ant colony has done away with sex, preferring to reproduce via cloning. Queen ants replicate themselves to produce genetically identical daughters. Biologist Ann Himler of the University of Arizona and her team were studying the ants’ ability to cultivate crops. This particular species, Mycocepurus smithii, is able to grow a greater number of fungi crops, which are used for nutrition, than other farmer ant species, said Himler. “When we started to study this species more closely, we just weren’t finding any males. That’s when we started to look at them in a different way.” Keep reading »
It’s hard to start the sex fire with the female Lake Eyre dragon from Australia. They pretend to be dead to avoid fornication. The female Lake Eyre dragon is particular about her partners. Why? Because their mating ritual begins with the male biting her neck to hold her down, an act that can result in back-breaking death. Here’s how she does it.
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You know how women get offended when a man expects a little nooky after paying for an expensive steak dinner? A woman should never be pressured to do something sexually she doesn’t want to do, but there is scientific evidence that suggests the man’s expectations are only natural.
German researchers have found that female chimpanzees mate more often with males who have shared their meat with them (no pun intended), suggesting that chimps exchange sex for meat. Males who shared their meat with females mated twice as much in general, and they mated frequently with the females they gave meat to on a regular basis. Females who had difficulty obtaining their own meat seemed to find it more beneficial to trade sex for meat, rather than exerting themselves hunting and risking potential injury. Sounds like a win-win situation. The females increased their caloric intake, and the males sowed their oats. Chimps are highly promiscuous animals, males have a choice of females to a certain degree, and hunters can usually control who shares their kill, so the sex-for-meat hypothesis is a plausible explanation for male-to-female meat sharing, according to the researchers. Researchers say these findings will help to explain human male-female relationships. [Reuters] Keep reading »
The second round of Isabella Rossellini’s Sundance Channel series “Green Porno” is now online, and we recommend that you watch all six short episodes. Not only will you learn all about how anglerfish reproduce, but Rossellini is hysterical, and you get to see her dressed up as a barnacle, starfish, and a whale. Plus, hearing her say “penis” in her gorgeous accent is amusing.
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My dog Lucca, a female mutt that has been fixed, has a thing for humping stuffed animals and balled up socks. It doesn’t make much sense, since she shouldn’t have any sexual urges, but I think she does it to assert authority (over an inanimate object). Which is why I thought this Designer Sex Doll for dogs would be the perfect gift for her third birthday! After all, it looks vaguely like modern art and it will be easy for her to grasp with her front paws! But then again, there is a, um, pink hole at the rear end, and something tells me it’s not dishwasher safe. [NeatORama] Keep reading »
Sure, having a guy f**k you like an animal sounds hot and sexy, but, if taken literally, it could be dangerous, disgusting, and painful. We may be mammals too, but at least we don’t do it like they do on the Discovery Channel! After the jump, 10 shockingly weird animal sex habits that are bound to make you feel happy to be human.
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