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Dancing Spiders and Cross Dressing Birds – The Wild Sex Merry XXXmas Marathon Continues

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Rounding out our marathon of ‘Wild Sex’, we have episodes that focus on mating dances and ‘cross dressing’. The dance episode was one of my favorites to shoot, as I was reminded of my days as a ballerina.


Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

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  1. 1. voyager 5:18 pm 12/28/2012

    Re: the dancing, if males in the wild come up with some pretty fantastic stuff that the females are appropriately impressed by, why is it some human women come up with pole-dancing and Polynesian moves, which have much the same pro-reproductive result on men, but others slave away at ballet, which has the diametrically opposite effect? It flies in the face of selective advantage, and should be as anathema to all evolutionists as it is anodyne to most males. Sleep is about as anodyne as you can get.

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