Penis Jousting and 7 Other Great Animal Mating Rituals

By Brandon Keim EmailFebruary 13, 2009 | 11:40:12 AMCategories: Animals  

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When it comes to courtship, mankind has nothing on the animal kingdom.

The evolutionary imperative of finding a suitable mate has produced a staggering array of rituals, from black grouse booty-shaking to mosquito duets and gender-bending octopi camouflage. It’s a rare animal that doesn’t seek romantic attention in a funky way.

Some of these rituals are designed to convey reproductive fitness. Others are meant to trick reluctant mates into a one-night stand. And — hermaphrodites withstanding — it’s nearly always the males who try to catch the attention of ladies.

Maybe animals and humans aren’t so different after all.

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