1. Post #1
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    Australian scientists have confirmed the oldest penis-like structure in an ancient fish specimen.

    The discovery of the 400 million-year-old reproductive organ is one of the earliest examples of internal fertilisation in vertebrate animals.

    And understanding the anatomy of these ancient fish could reveal further details in the evolution of vertebrates- including humans.

    The research is published in today's advanced online ahead of print edition of Nature.

    Earlier this year the team, led by Australian palaeontologist Dr John Long, predicted some ancient fish from the Devonian era, had an attachment to their pelvic bone, which were used by males to fertilise females.

    Long, of Museum Victoria, says "when we announced we'd found some structures in the pelvic fin that suggested copulation, we hadn't found the business end of how they were doing it."

    Now the team have identified a long clasper, made entirely of bone, on another fish specimen.

    Long says claspers were used by the ancient fish, an extinct class of armoured fish called placoderms, to grip inside the female while they were mating.

    "It's a pretty big find because placaderms were the dominant fish for 70 million years, but we knew nothing about their reproduction," says Long.

    Similar to sharks

    He says their work earlier this year suggests the reproductive structure in the dominant group of placoderms, called arthrodires, was similar to present day sharks.

    "Now we've actually found it, a specimen with an undoubted clasper with a knobbly end."

    Study author and palaeontologist Dr Kate Trinajstic, of Curtin University in Perth, says the clasper was discovered in a fish specimen uncovered in the Gogo region of Western Australia in 2001.

    She says the team originally discounted the bone as the reproductive organ because they thought it was part of the pelvic gurdle.

    On closer inspection, Trinajstic says they realised it was a sexual organ.

    "We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller."

    Trinajstic says the clasper, which was attached to the pelvic organ would have been erectile.

    "It penetrates the female, and acts like a funnel, allowing the transfer of sperm."

    She says the ancient fish had quite advanced reproductive systems considering sharks today have a similar system.

    Trinajstic says the discovery of the clasper now allows scientists to identify the sex of other specimens of ancient fish.

    "That sounds like a basic thing, but we haven't been able to do that before."
    Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...14/2625067.htm


  2. Post #2
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    Mine's bigger.
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  3. Post #3
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    Well obviously, it's the OLDEST not BIGGEST.

    Get out.

  4. Post #4
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    I can't see the penis in the picture.

  5. Post #5
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    Me neither but who cares

  6. Post #6
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    Well obviously, it's the OLDEST not BIGGEST.

    Get out.
    You can suck my non prehistoric dick.

    Also epic failure of the use "Get Out"

  7. Post #7
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    "We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller." lol slut

  8. Post #8
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    Great, now we have female scientist looking for penises.

  9. Post #9
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    "We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller." lol slut
    Or maybe because when something evolves, normally the evolved features start out small and indistinct not just suddenly appear and be huge

  10. Post #10
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    Dennab
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    i bet when she found it she said: "is that all of it?"

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    i bet when she found it she said: "is that all of it?"
    actually i bet she was surprised and astonished at the breakthrough discovery she just made.

    she probably didn't care about the size at all.

  12. Post #12
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    a specimen with an undoubted clasper with a knobbly end
    I love how they describe it.

    Yeah I know this post deserves many gaybows.

  13. Post #13
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    Great news, what else is on?

  14. Post #14
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    Click.

  15. Post #15
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    Dennab
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    I can't see the actual "Penis" part.

    And if that whole picture is the penis, then

  16. Post #16
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    Mine's older.

    ..wait a second!

  17. Post #17
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    It penetrates the female, and acts like a funnel, allowing the transfer of sperm.

  18. Post #18
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    Yes

  19. Post #19
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    now lets make copies of it and sell them like dildos.

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    I don't want to know how much the balls had dropped.

  22. Post #22
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    Australian scientists have confirmed the oldest penis-like structure in an ancient fish specimen.
    It's like a penis, but it's NOT a penis. The thread title is misleading.

  23. Post #23
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    lolpenis
    No.

    Weeaboo.

  24. Post #24
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    Lol Devonian era.

  25. Post #25
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    "We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller."
    Thats what she said!
    Oh wait...

    Yes, yes, I know I was late

  26. Post #26
    Dennab
    August 2007
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    circle the penis op

  27. Post #27
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    Make like a tree and

  28. Post #28
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    September 2007
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    Media tag that, this is a family forum damnit

  29. Post #29
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    Media tag that, this is a family forum damnit
    Family forum? maybe, family friendly? no

  30. Post #30
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    Media tag that, this is a family forum damnit
    Well you're in a thread about the discovery of the "World's oldest penis", this isn't really a topic that IS family friendly.

  31. Post #31
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    "We were surprised because it's so big," she says. "We were expecting something smaller."
    Haha. What?

  32. Post #32
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    Mikfoz's was older.

  33. Post #33
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    Just think of the implications. Had evolution progressed slightly differently, we'd be eating frozen fish dicks instead of frozen fish sticks.

  34. Post #34
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    Since when did fish have dicks?

  35. Post #35
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    Dennab
    March 2005
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    Since when did fish have dicks?
    since about 400 mya

  36. Post #36
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    Booyah.

  37. Post #37
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    Good lord she's ugly.

  38. Post #38
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    circle the penis op, i wanna make a comparison...

    Edited:



    whale shark penis

  39. Post #39
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    Good lord she's ugly.
    yes

  40. Post #40
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    blue whale penis