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The World’s Weirdest Penis

“For freak lovers like me it’s like hitting the jackpot,” writes Lucy Cooke, zoologist and filmmaker, on her Nat Geo TV blog Freaks and Creeps. She’s talking about Tasmania, an island of Australia that’s “like a time machine. Its primeval forests teem with living fossils that have followed a different evolutionary branch to most mammals.” Cooke,...

“For freak lovers like me it’s like hitting the jackpot,” writes Lucy Cooke, zoologist and filmmaker, on her Nat Geo TV blog Freaks and Creeps. She’s talking about Tasmania, an island of Australia that’s “like a time machine. Its primeval forests teem with living fossils that have followed a different evolutionary branch to most mammals.”

Cooke, who is also a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, advocates for weird, freaky creatures. “They fascinate me because they tell an amazing evolutionary story,” she says.

In Tasmania she teamed up with Dr. Stuart Rose who has devoted the last 25 years of his life to studying the sex life of the echidna. The egg-laying mammal has extraordinary genitalia.

For more about the echidna’s unusual sex life, read Lucy Cooke’s blog post The Tasmanian Echidna’s Four-Headed Penis.

Related post: Mexican Fish Sports Bizarre Four-Hooked Penis

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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David Max Braun
More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn