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For Horned Beetles, Size Equals Sexy
2012-07-27 07:56:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Males of a species are always strutting their stuff for the sake of reproduction; peacocks have their plumage, rhinoceros beetles have their horns, and elk have their antlers. These often unwieldy displays were deemed a burden to well-endowed males, but a team of scientists led by Douglas Emlen from the University of Montana has just uncovered a biological mechanism that suggests these ornamentations are the physical embodiment of...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.