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Lemurs in Love Take on the Same Smell

Forget his n’ hers watches this Valentine’s Day: A species of lemur prefers a set of matching scents. In a move that can only make master perfumers green with envy, pairs of Coquerel’s sifakas (Propithecus coquereli) that have ...

Dangerous Dating: 4 Animals That Take Love to the Extreme

Finding true love is difficult no matter what species you were born into—but at least humans don’t have to worry about being eaten on a first date. Black widow spider and scorpion females famously kill and sometimes eat ...

Animal Valentines: 5 of Nature’s Best Flirters

For some lovebirds in the animal kingdom, every day is Valentine’s Day. But how do mates win each other over? A little flirting can go a long way … and frankly, it’s a heck of a bonding agent with ...

Bone Worm Mating Revealed: Males Have “Penis” on Head

By Bradley Balukjian Thousands of feet under the sea, bone worms give new meaning to the song “It’s Raining Men.” These frilly pink creatures live on whale carcasses in harems that make free lovers of the 1960s look tame—...

Praying Mantises Falling Victim to Sex Cannibal

By James Owen The only praying mantis native to New Zealand has developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report. Males of the New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) are being seduced ...

Why Do Blood-Sucking Fish Find Bile Sexy?

Move over, Chanel No. 5. You’ve got a new competitor: The scent of bile is driving female sea lampreys crazy, a new study says. Bile wasn’t always an alluring scent—not even to sea lampreys, a type of parasitic ...

Why Do Blood-Sucking Fish Find Bile Sexy?

Move over, Chanel No. 5. You’ve got a new competitor: The scent of bile is driving female sea lampreys crazy, a new study says. Bile wasn’t always an alluring scent—not even to sea lampreys, a type of parasitic ...

Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, and Sex in the Sea

I was shocked to read that soulful gay hip hop artist Frank Ocean who got into that parking lot altercation with rapper Chris Brown just admitted to Oyster magazine he once sold cocaine and…Say what? OK, I confess I ...

Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, and Sex in the Sea

I was shocked to read that soulful gay hip hop artist Frank Ocean who got into that parking lot altercation with rapper Chris Brown just admitted to Oyster magazine he once sold cocaine and…Say what? OK, I confess I ...

Penis Fossils Show How Extinct Bear Mated

Ancient bear penises offer the first hard evidence of how an extinct species of bear lived and mated, a new study says. Indarctos arctoides, which was about the size of today’s brown bear, roamed what is now France, Spain, ...

Penis Fossils Show How Extinct Bear Mated

Ancient bear penises offer the first hard evidence of how an extinct species of bear lived and mated, a new study says. Indarctos arctoides, which was about the size of today’s brown bear, roamed what is now France, Spain, ...

3 Mammals That “Choose” Their Babies’ Sex

By systematically combing through 90 years of breeding records from the San Diego Zoo, scientists discovered mammals can “choose” the sex of their offspring, a new study says. Tracing zoo birth records through three generations, the researchers found evidence for a ...

Sperm Hoarders: Why Animals Store Semen

Female guppies (Poecilia reticulata) sometimes bring a little extra baggage to a relationship—in the form of a dead male’s sperm. A new study shows that one in four wild guppies in Trinidad and Tobago are fathered by the ...

Sperm Hoarders: Why Animals Store Semen

Female guppies (Poecilia reticulata) sometimes bring a little extra baggage to a relationship—in the form of a dead male’s sperm. A new study shows that one in four wild guppies in Trinidad and Tobago are fathered by the ...