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From the Ted Talk by Carin Bondar: The birds and the bees are just the beginning

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Earwig males have either really large penile anegedppas or really small ones. It's a very smplie geilceltnay inherited trait and the males are not otherwise any different. Those that have long penile appendages are not bigger or stnorger or otherwise any different at all. So going back to our biological minds, then, we might think that females should choose to have sex with the guys that have the srhoter appendages, because she can use her time for other things: avoiding predators, taking care of young, finding and ingesting food. But biologists have repeatedly observed that felmeas choose to have sex with the maels that have the long appendages. Why do they do this? Well, according to the biological literature, "During copulation, the genitalia of certain males may elicit more favorable female responses through superior mechanical or stimulatory icottiaenrn with the female ripecuotvrde tract." Mm-hm.

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Earwig males have either really large penile __________ or really small ones. It's a very ______ ___________ inherited trait and the males are not otherwise any different. Those that have long penile appendages are not bigger or ________ or otherwise any different at all. So going back to our biological minds, then, we might think that females should choose to have sex with the guys that have the _______ appendages, because she can use her time for other things: avoiding predators, taking care of young, finding and ingesting food. But biologists have repeatedly observed that _______ choose to have sex with the _____ that have the long appendages. Why do they do this? Well, according to the biological literature, "During copulation, the genitalia of certain males may elicit more favorable female responses through superior mechanical or stimulatory ___________ with the female ____________ tract." Mm-hm.

Solution

  1. males
  2. appendages
  3. stronger
  4. reproductive
  5. simple
  6. females
  7. genetically
  8. shorter
  9. interaction

Original Text

Earwig males have either really large penile appendages or really small ones. It's a very simple genetically inherited trait and the males are not otherwise any different. Those that have long penile appendages are not bigger or stronger or otherwise any different at all. So going back to our biological minds, then, we might think that females should choose to have sex with the guys that have the shorter appendages, because she can use her time for other things: avoiding predators, taking care of young, finding and ingesting food. But biologists have repeatedly observed that females choose to have sex with the males that have the long appendages. Why do they do this? Well, according to the biological literature, "During copulation, the genitalia of certain males may elicit more favorable female responses through superior mechanical or stimulatory interaction with the female reproductive tract." Mm-hm.

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