Subdeacon Joe Posted March 14 Share Posted March 14 How could this have been overlooked? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-did-scientists-wait-so-long-to-study-the-snake-clitoris-180981750/ "The first attempted description of hemiclitores in lizards and snakes dates all the way back to 1886, when they were described as little more than “shallow invaginations” on the reptiles. Decades of silence followed, even as biologists continued to pontificate on the significance of hemipenes in male lizards and snakes, closely related reptiles collectively called squamates. A 2014 review of studies focused on animal genitals, for example, found that researchers focused on male genital anatomy alone in more than half of the sample studies between 1989 and 2013, with less than 20 percent considered female genital anatomy alone during the same period. Even more recently, less than a decade ago, biologists continued to insist that the hemiclitores of female lizards and snakes served little to no function, just as experts on human anatomy long ignored the clitoris and assumed that whatever biological relevance it has is secondary to cisgender men’s anatomy. As University of Adelaide biologist Megan Folwell and colleagues noted in an Integrative and Comparative Biology paper last year, however, the anatomy and behavior of male snakes is only half the story—if even that. " Shocking! 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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