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From the Ted Talk by Lucy Cooke: No one can figure out how eels have sex

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doevid of data, naturalists proposed various eel origin setoris. Aristotle suggested that eels spontaneously emerged from mud. plniy the Elder argued eels rubbed themselves against rocks, and the ssebqnueut scrapings came to life. Eels were said to hatch on rooftops, manifest from the gills of other fish, and even emerge from the bodies of bteeles. But the true story of eel reproduction is even more difficult to imagine. And to solve this slippery mystery, scholars would have to rhneitk cteneruis of research.

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______ of data, naturalists proposed various eel origin _______. Aristotle suggested that eels spontaneously emerged from mud. _____ the Elder argued eels rubbed themselves against rocks, and the __________ scrapings came to life. Eels were said to hatch on rooftops, manifest from the gills of other fish, and even emerge from the bodies of _______. But the true story of eel reproduction is even more difficult to imagine. And to solve this slippery mystery, scholars would have to _______ _________ of research.

Solution

  1. pliny
  2. stories
  3. centuries
  4. rethink
  5. devoid
  6. subsequent
  7. beetles

Original Text

Devoid of data, naturalists proposed various eel origin stories. Aristotle suggested that eels spontaneously emerged from mud. Pliny the Elder argued eels rubbed themselves against rocks, and the subsequent scrapings came to life. Eels were said to hatch on rooftops, manifest from the gills of other fish, and even emerge from the bodies of beetles. But the true story of eel reproduction is even more difficult to imagine. And to solve this slippery mystery, scholars would have to rethink centuries of research.

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