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Sex, wild-style

A new exhibit displays the freaky side of animal sex and suggests an alternative to sexual selection

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

Bob Grant is Editor in Chief of The Scientist, where he started in 2007 as a Staff Writer.

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An aroused male Bonobo holding sugar cane sex bribes greets visitors to linkurl:__The Sex Lives of Animals__,;http://www.museumofsex.com/exhibit/sex-lives-of-animals the newest exhibition at New York City's Museum of Sex. Don't be fooled, though, by his inviting grin. Behind his spiky-erect penis lies an attempt to topple a long-held theory that forms one of the pillars of linkurl:Charles Darwin's;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13444/ theory of evolution. Darwin and his predecessor, linkurl:Carl Linnaeus,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13589/ do make an appearance in the exhibit, but only as two brief biographies tacked onto a side wall near the entrance to the show.
__Artist: Rune Olsen__
There's good reason to dispense with these architects of biology and get to the juicy stuff early on in the __Sex Lives__ experience. The main thrust of the exhibit is that linkurl:sexual selection;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/25282/ - a key component of Darwin's theory of evolution - is flat out wrong and needs to be re-thought in light of the curious sexual...
__Artist: Rune Olsen__
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