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Quetzalcoatl's Avatar Comment 1 by Quetzalcoatl

This is an interesting if somewhat peculiar article!

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:40:00 UTC | #120170

Geoff's Avatar Comment 2 by Geoff

Wow! Just wow!


In species where females usually mate with a single male during a breeding episode, penises tend to be small and uninteresting.

I consider that to be an insult!

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:43:00 UTC | #120172

The Reverend Dark's Avatar Comment 3 by The Reverend Dark

And to futher kill the romance on the speculation as to what sort of wedding tackle the average sauropod was slinging about like a sausage shop display in a high wind. A riddle.

How could you tell which T-Rex's had venereal disease?


Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:44:00 UTC | #120173

Geoff's Avatar Comment 4 by Geoff

Could be worse: dino-mites can do a lot of damage...

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:48:00 UTC | #120175

The Reverend Dark's Avatar Comment 5 by The Reverend Dark

Especially to Jimmy Walker's career. Oh wait... that was his career.

Or you could pursue the highly likely avian line and infer that the disease in question is chirpies. Which is a shame as it is untweetable.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 08:52:00 UTC | #120177

annabanana's Avatar Comment 6 by annabanana

This is a very strange article, indeed, but I like puns, so I'll go along with it.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:00:00 UTC | #120181

Quetzalcoatl's Avatar Comment 7 by Quetzalcoatl


Or you could pursue the highly likely avian line

In that case the disease is more likely to be thrush.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:03:00 UTC | #120182

clatz's Avatar Comment 8 by clatz

What an article!

Felt slightly violated during half of it, and perverted during the rest.

Cloacal kiss anyone?

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:06:00 UTC | #120184

alfonso's Avatar Comment 9 by alfonso

It is a great article, to be honest, with a very clear, concise and distinctive way of expressing maybe not very complex concepts, but still, concepts that are hard to grasp: how do we know certain things from fossils?

We might not have been there to see it happen, but there is so much we can tell with enormous certainty.

I find this much more beautiful and interesting than any biblical 'truths'.

Wouldn't mind to watch T.ReXXX, the Movie!

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:25:00 UTC | #120192

jimbob's Avatar Comment 10 by jimbob

Which brings me to my tyrannical fantasy. I want to take a journey 68 million years back in time to see a Tyrannosaurus rex couple mating. What was it like? Did they trumpet and bellow and stamp their feet? Did they thrash their enormous tails? Did he bite her neck in rapture and exude a musky scent? Somehow, I imagine that when two T. rex got it on, the earth shook for miles around.

Best way to find out would be to re-create the scene. My suggestion would be to get Rosie O'Donnell and Larry the Cable Guy to give it a shot!

Any better suggestions? ;-)

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:28:00 UTC | #120194

movingshadow's Avatar Comment 11 by movingshadow

happy valentine's day

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:20:00 UTC | #120210

Geoff's Avatar Comment 12 by Geoff

The guys who did the "***king with Dinosaurs" series...

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:21:00 UTC | #120212

ridelo's Avatar Comment 13 by ridelo

Well, I suppose a penis is as much apart of our body as our head. And in a kind off symmetrical place too...

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:03:00 UTC | #120225

The Reverend Dark's Avatar Comment 14 by The Reverend Dark

I am unsure that Rosie and Larry the cable guy are sexually compatible. I was under the impression she was far more partial to the... ahem... Cloacal kiss.

The Reverend Shayne Dark

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:06:00 UTC | #120226

Adam Morrison's Avatar Comment 15 by Adam Morrison

This shows those people that say science can't be uplifting. This article made my day!

I can't say what Dino-VD is like, but if you want to know what the male dino's fav position is, I'd guess you could examine trytobiontops fossils.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:19:00 UTC | #120233

arogop's Avatar Comment 16 by arogop

I guess I know why I am in a monogamous relationship. For those who prefer multiple partners, could it be that they are much better endowed?

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:22:00 UTC | #120235

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 17 by Steve Zara

Something to remember when looking at pictures of the largest dinosaurs we have found is... these things had to manage to mate. That almost certainly means the females not only supporting the immense weight of their own bodies, but probably much of the weight of a male as well!

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:30:00 UTC | #120239

Slyer's Avatar Comment 18 by Slyer

Well I certainly learned a bit. :P

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:32:00 UTC | #120242

Mal3's Avatar Comment 19 by Mal3

Oh, sparrow us the bad puns. Lets not make a parrot-y of this interesting scientific article, as that would be most fowl indeed.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:50:00 UTC | #120252

SomeDanGuy's Avatar Comment 20 by SomeDanGuy

All I ever wanted to know about penises and more! This article was great - I love any article that compares diversity across the animal kingdom, and if it happens to involve reproduction even better!

And movingshadow: that gif is hilarious. I'm definitely sending it to my wife for Valentine's tomorrow.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:03:00 UTC | #120255

Logicel's Avatar Comment 21 by Logicel

Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist with flair--if you use a Newsreader, make sure you subscribe to her informative and enjoyable blog, The Wild Side (link provided in above article).

Though I throughly enjoyed the 'avianlanche' of puns, this comment (out of about 50 so far) at the article's original site had me in complete stitches:

Do we really have to know all this stuff? I mean, what’s it all got to do with St. Valentine’s day? I mean, all this anatomical business;�"it’s a turn-off, you ask me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like dinos, like reading about ‘em, watching ‘em on TV. It’s just that, well, based on what I’ve seen and read about ‘em, romance just wasn’t part of their everday life.

movingshadow, your LOLdino is excellent!

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:21:00 UTC | #120257

Chris Roberts's Avatar Comment 22 by Chris Roberts

Loved it.

Fascinating and full of insight; the more I read of Darwin's work the more I want to read it for myself.

Descent of man sounds great, has anyone read it?
Is it as hard to read as Origin, which is quite difficult in places.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:42:00 UTC | #120261

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 23 by Agrajag

8. Comment #126446 by clatz on February 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

Cloacal kiss anyone?

Isn't that what the Dementors did in Harry Potter? ;-)

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:32:00 UTC | #120271

Goldy's Avatar Comment 24 by Goldy

From the sex lives of creatures long gone to the sex lives of creatures present -
Must be a Valentine's thing...

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:36:00 UTC | #120272

Dog Boots's Avatar Comment 25 by Dog Boots

movingshadow, please take your YEC propaganda elsewhere ;o)

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:36:00 UTC | #120273

annabanana's Avatar Comment 26 by annabanana


I found the dementors disturbing in the first you've gone and made them unbearable, thanks.

That reminds me always bothered me that the mist in book 6 meant that the dementors were breeding...yuck...

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:37:00 UTC | #120275

al-rawandi's Avatar Comment 27 by al-rawandi


Something to remember when looking at pictures of the largest dinosaurs we have found is... these things had to manage to mate. That almost certainly means the females not only supporting the immense weight of their own bodies, but probably much of the weight of a male as well!

Maybe you are thinking of only one potential position. Maybe there was some sort of dino-kama sutra???? I don't want to get into it.

We will leave it there.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 13:48:00 UTC | #120277

Quetzalcoatl's Avatar Comment 28 by Quetzalcoatl


Maybe there was some sort of dino-kama sutra????

There was, but the only species that ever learned all the techniques was the Sutrasaurus, and they were wiped out by jealous T-Rexes. Circle of life.

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:31:00 UTC | #120292

Adam Morrison's Avatar Comment 29 by Adam Morrison

Warning: Slightly Crude Joke

Re: Al-Rawandi

Maybe there was some sort of dino-kama sutra????

Maybe written by a Gottalototail? Hopefully not a Syphilosaurus
(Booooooo, I know)

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 15:21:00 UTC | #120314

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 30 by Steve Zara

Hey guys... I am partly serious! I wonder if there is some structural difference between sexes in the larger dinosaurs to deal with the issue of the females supporting the weight of the males.

I don't know if it has been mentioned before on this site, but recently we have discovered more than fossilised bones - fossilised mummified bodies of dinosaurs. We can see musculature, the positions of internal organs, and even the texture of the skin! Extrapolating from scale patterns in modern reptiles, there are hints that some plant-eating dinosaurs where striped, for camouflage. The degree of preservation of some of these dinosaurs suggests that future fossils may even reveal the true dimensions of .... "trouser parts".

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 15:54:00 UTC | #120326