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The female genitalia of the water strider

The female genitalia of the water strider

Han, C. S. & Jablonski, P. G. PLOS One 4, e5793 (2009)

Where Are All the Female Genitalia?

Genitalia are a hot topic in science, but mainly when they belong to males, Nature reports. Scientists who analyzed 364 research papers on creatures ranging from ostriches to sea slugs found that only 8% focused on female genitals, whereas a whopping 49% focused on male genitalia; the remaining 44% examined both. The authors, who published their finding this week in PLOS Biology, think that the bias exists because of the assumption that females have a passive role in sexual selection.

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