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Birds do it, Bees do it, even fossilized fleas do it

Post by kennyc » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:07 pm

Forever Love: The Hitherto Earliest Record of Copulating Insects from the Middle Jurassic of China
Shu Li,

Chungkun Shih,

Chen Wang,

Hong Pang,

Dong Ren mail

Abstract

Background

Mating behaviors have been widely studied for extant insects. However, cases of mating individuals are particularly rare in the fossil record of insects, and most of them involved preservation in amber while only in rare cases found in compression fossils. This considerably limits our knowledge of mating position and genitalia orientation during the Mesozoic, and hinders our understanding of the evolution of mating behaviors in this major component of modern ecosystems.

Principal Finding

Here we report a pair of copulating froghoppers, Anthoscytina perpetua sp. nov., referable to the Procercopidae, from the Middle Jurassic of northeastern China. They exhibit belly-to-belly mating position as preserved, with male's aedeagus inserting into the female's bursa copulatrix. Abdominal segments 8 to 9 of male are disarticulated suggesting these segments were twisted and flexed during mating. Due to potential taphonomic effect, we cannot rule out that they might have taken side-by-side position, as in extant froghoppers. Genitalia of male and female, based on paratypes, show symmetric structures.

Conclusions/Significance

Our findings, consistent with those of extant froghoppers, indicate froghoppers' genitalic symmetry and mating position have remained static for over 165 million years.

Citation: Li S, Shih C, Wang C, Pang H, Ren D (2013) Forever Love: The Hitherto Earliest Record of Copulating Insects from the Middle Jurassic of China. PLoS ONE 8(11): e78188. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078188

Editor: Fabio S. Nascimento, Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Received: May 16, 2013; Accepted: September 3, 2013; Published: November 6, 2013

Copyright: © 2013 Li et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funding: This research is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (grant 2012CB821906), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grants 31172143, 31230065, 31272352 and 41272006), Project of Great Wall Scholar and KEY project of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (grants KZ201310028033), and China Geological Survey (grant 1212011120115). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?
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Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?


They DOMINATE t he news. :D
and yes it's all over the interwebz, have a look....

you're probably right though I shouldn't be promoting them by linking to them....
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Post by Gord » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:58 pm

You disappoint me greatly. From now on whenever I hear anyone making fun of FOX and Friends, I will hear "FOX and kennyc" instead.
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Post by kennyc » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:00 pm

Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?



So there! Take that! The published paper! Much more interesting to the layman right? :P

and the original Foxnews link: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/11/ ... aving-sex/
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kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?

So there! Take that! The published paper! Much more interesting to the layman right? :P

Where???
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Gord wrote:You disappoint me greatly. From now on whenever I hear anyone making fun of FOX and Friends, I will hear "FOX and kennyc" instead.


:P :P :P
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Gord wrote:
kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?

So there! Take that! The published paper! Much more interesting to the layman right? :P

Where???


viewtopic.php?p=373368#p373368

:P :P :P
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kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:
kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?

So there! Take that! The published paper! Much more interesting to the layman right? :P

Where???


viewtopic.php?p=373368#p373368

:P :P :P

Editing your OP? Really? Since when do we expect people to go back and reread things, especially when they have good reason to expect it will still be an article from foxnews!

For shame. For shame!
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Post by kennyc » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:13 pm

Gord wrote:
kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:
kennyc wrote:
Gord wrote:foxnews?

Really?

You couldn't find this story anywhere else?

So there! Take that! The published paper! Much more interesting to the layman right? :P

Where???


viewtopic.php?p=373368#p373368

:P :P :P

Editing your OP? Really? Since when do we expect people to go back and reread things, especially when they have good reason to expect it will still be an article from foxnews!

For shame. For shame!


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Post by Poodle » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:58 pm

They were at it long enough to be fossilised?????????

This I'm gonna read carefully.

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Post by kennyc » Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:00 pm

Poodle wrote:They were at it long enough to be fossilised?????????

This I'm gonna read carefully.



Nah, they were killed instantaneously by noxious gas from a volcano....then permanently preserved for posterity. :D

The simple Fox link that Gord made me change was easily readable...the full scientific publication, less so... :(

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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