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50 Shades of Sea Slug Sex: It’s Stranger Than You Think

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Two-part barbed penises, a physical struggle and 20 minutes of penetration. That’s how some sea slugs do it. But the real shocker is that, for one species at least, those in the female role seem to engage in these bizarre, violent sexual encounters more often than might be biologically necessary. Nothing about sea-slug sex sounds [...]

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Running Ponies

Australian Sea Slug Sex in all its Head-Stabbing Glory


Everyone remember not to have sex with hermaphrodite sea slugs, because they’ll want to inject prostate gland fluid into your forehead. Traumatic mating is pretty common in nature. It occurs when a male uses specialised structures to wound a female, such as penis barbs in wild and domestic cats that are used to scrape the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2013

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By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak It should come as no surprise that we humans can be a bit confused when it comes to our relationship with other animals. We live in a society that is at once captivated by the National Zoo’s panda-cam and repulsed by the story of killer whale capture told [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Cognitive Chickens and Memorable Sea Slugs

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There is a rich tradition in psychology and neuroscience of using animals as models for understanding humans. Humans, after all, are enormously complicated creatures to begin even from a strictly biological perspective. Tacking on the messiness that comes with culture makes the study of the human mind tricky, at best. So, just as biomedical scientists [...]

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