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Humans Don't Have Penis Bones Thanks to Getting Sex Done Quick

By Gary Cutlack on at

Scientists given the job of investigating the many and varied form of the penis bone think they've worked out why humans don't have one. It's because we want to get sex out of the way quickly so we can get back onto our mobile phones.

Sort of. In fact, it's got something to do with how long intercourse lasts in various species. Some creatures have sex for a long time (compared to you etc), because this helps the male keep other males away from his woman while he's doing it. Humans, through virtue of the concept of monogamy that most people stuck to until the invention of premium strength lager, tended to get sex out of the way quicker, as there was little threat that the female might instantly get impregnated by another man the moment Man A is finished. Hence no baculum, or penis bone, is required for additional support when sex lasts less than three minutes.

Kit Opie from University College London, who is something of a penis bone specialist and we mean that as a compliment, said the changes came about around 1.9 million years ago, when Homo erectus decided it was best for society to stick to one mate and only have sex every once in a while instead of all the time with everything whether it consents or not. [Royal Society via Guardian]


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