"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve. It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking. I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things. Some of those funny things are penises." --Michael N. Marcus
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Arctic pollutants may be weakening polar bear penises
It’s not a good time to be a polar bear.Climate change threateningtheir natural habitat and lifestyle is just one of the major concerns facing thisendangered species—now, scientists uncovered a link between their exposure to pollutants and a weakening in their penile bone. This obviously can cause some issues in the mating habits of the bears.
The research by a team at Aarhus University in Denmark discovered this correlation after studying penile bone specimens, known as baculum, from 279 polar bears from Greenland and Canada.Baculum—a bone lacked by human males, but found in other mammals like raccoons, bats, and mice—essentially works to aid the penis during reproduction.