"Suicidal Reproduction": Who's In, Who's Out??

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  1. Captain

    Captain Alto, Blanco y Guapo Gold

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    Here's one to ponder: Would you sign up for a sexcapade that ends in death?

    These newly discovered marsupials basically sex each other to death

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...marsupials-basically-sex-each-other-to-death/

    Every year, antechinus marsupials get it on until the males all drop dead.

    Researchers classified two new species of Dusky Antechinus, mouse-like creatures that engage in suicidal reproduction, and published their findings last week in the peer-reviewed journal Memoirs of the Queensland Museum -- Nature. The Mainland Dusky Antechinus, found in southeastern Australia, has been elevated from sub-species to a distinct species. And the newly discovered Tasman Peninsula Dusky Antechinus, found in southeastern Tasmania, already faces the threat of extinction due in part to loss of habitat and feral pests, researchers said. Their proclivity for ferocious, suicidal sex frenzies aren't helping them any.

    "The breeding period is basically two to three weeks of speed-mating, with testosterone-fueled males coupling with as many females as possible, for up to 14 hours at a time," lead author Andrew Baker of the Queensland University of Technology said in a release.

    All of that testosterone "triggers a malfunction in the stress hormone shut-off switch" for the males, Baker said. The males then get so stressed out that their immune systems fail, and they die before the females actually give birth. Baker said the "yearly male suicide mission" cuts the population in half, leaving enough spiders and insects for the mothers to eat while raising the offspring.

    Researchers in Queensland, Australia have identified two new species of marsupials that engage in "suicidal reproduction." The black-tailed antechinus, seen here, also engages in the practice. (Queensland University of Technology)

    Suicidal reproduction -- or semelparity-- is rare in mammals, and has so far just been documented in these kinds of marsupials.

    A 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked into why the marsupials evolved to have such extreme sexual behaviors. They concluded that the males didn't die off as some kind of altruistic act to ensure the survival of their offspring. Rather, females may be synchronizing their mating to coincide with the availability of food while they're pregnant. That short mating time frame creates intense competition -- so intense that the males end up dying.

    [Males may search for sex instead of food because their brains are programmed that way]

    Over the past three years, scientists have identified five new antechinus species. The two marsupial species discussed in this new research occupy just a few square kilometers on remote, misty mountaintops. Most of the Tasman Peninusla animal's "habitat falls within state forest, which is being logged," Baker said. "This species now apparently only lives in tiny, fragmented stands of intact forest that are under threat."

    "It's a shame that mere moments after discovery, these little Tasmanian marsupials are threatened with extinction at human hands," Baker said.

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  2. smichal

    smichal A1 Dick Game

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    awww :(
     
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    Johnnykstaint VIP Extreme Gold

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    Better question, who WOULDNT be up for that! :usex:
     
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  4. greenchiclets

    greenchiclets Well-Known Member

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    Now THAT'S devotion to their species. They deserve cookies!
     
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  5. Smartguy

    Smartguy This Space Is For Rent VIP

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    I have never had a piece of ass worth dying over. There is always more ass around the corner.
     
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  6. Jayla

    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

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    I hear that! :thumbup2:
     
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  7. RonHeinzkaboot

    RonHeinzkaboot Adultophile VIP

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    That seems like the way to do it.
    Go out with a bang and let everyone else sort it out!
     
  8. DJ Retardo

    DJ Retardo Well-Known Member

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    Depends, are we talking about a multiple session or 1 shot and you're out? Cause usually my first round fires pretty quick...
     
  9. SorryBoff

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    Imagine a viagra type pill made from these little fuckers.