"It grows a rudimentary megastamen and anthorax, and swiftly matures into the spore of sex A, the gameteroid.
Males with the longest and spiniest genitalia propagate their genes better than their less endowed rivals, a new study says.
Several species, especially among insects, are known to physically harm their mates in reproduction, but scientists aren't sure why these traits evolved.
The new research offers the first proof that dangerous genitalia in males can represent a reproductive advantage. The resulting wounds in the females, however, are likely just an "unfortunate side effect" of the strategy, Arnqvist said, and do not provide a reproductive benefit.
For instance, 20 to 30 seed beetle species have arisen whose males look nearly identical, but have wildly divergent sexual parts. "The male copulatory organ is the single [physical] trait that evolves very rapidly across animals," Arnqvist said.
I wanted to send out an update to the people who joined the group about recent press (basically the same thing I just published in my DNA blog.)
I used "Message All Members" to do this.
Apparently what that does is, makes something show up in everybody's facebook "Inbox". But it doesn't show anything in their news feed, and it doesn't send them email about it. I think.
I guess my other options would have been to just post a "link" to the group (would that have shown up in the news feed? Who can tell?) or to edit some text into the "Recent News" field. (That appears also to not show up in the feed. I think.)
Is "Message All Members" the done thing? Or should I have done something else?
It's also infuriating that I can't type HTML anywhere on Facebook.
"Facebook: At Least It's Not Myspace."™
Ms Vessey's mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail. She was astounded when they agreed.
She lost both legs below the knee from a medical condition when she was a child and told Close Up last night her long-held dream had come true.
The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand. Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. "What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid."
What's the cheapest you can get tiny RFID tags? I was trying to talk her into lowjacking a statistically significant percentage of her bugs so that her hives can twitter.