Many spider papers feature detailed closeups of their genitalia, because genitals are often diagnostic of the species. They’re often weird and twisty and convoluted, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, they often focus exclusively on the palps, the male genitalia because they’re entirely external and easy to see and the female side of things get short shrift. It’s the same for humans!
So here you go! If you ever wondered about the internal shape of the vagina, it’s been done.
How strange. It’s roomier than I expected. There’s also a series of photos that show the variations. Neat!
While struggling with a puzzle in translation (into English from a 19th century Belgian poet’s) earlier this year, I learned the term os tincae, literally ‘mouth of a carp’ (specifically of the kind of carp called a “tench” in English). From the Oxford English Dictionary:
I think it must be subsumed into the “cervix impression” in the figure above (and probably not visible at that angle, anyway).
Pierce R. Butler says
It’s roomier than I expected.
I eagerly await explanations from adaptationists!
Reportedly, the Elizabethans reacted to female genital internality with the slang “nothing”, which puts Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in a whole new light.
I wonder if, finally, this is the appropriate thread in which it acceptable to describe a collection of things as “a bunch of c…
Oh look! Is that a squirrel?
P.S. The “C” I was going for was “candid images”. Get your minds out of the gutter!
Matt G says
Anybody else remember when this blog was rated PG?
You know that this post will be banned on all the prudish Xtian Terrorist sites because of the words about ‘naughty bits’.
Off topic, but a chuckle about the podish sortacasts
But, seriously, I appreciate the info provided on the ‘sortacasts’. But, since I’m not fully ‘in the know’ about all the blogs yet, could the presenters provide some on-screen identification (personal name or blog name) so we would know more about them?
Rob Grigjanis says
Pierce @2: Well, ‘nothing’, or ‘country matters’. Hamlet, Act 3 scene 2
The Urban Dictionary definition of “Gastrocide” asserts you eat whatever (peas in this case) This is obviously false in the case of peas, which are eaten only because they pry your mouth open (or simply jump in your nose) and then do a kamikaze run down the throat. Your throat, and you do the kamikaze… the pea(s) continue to spread their taste (absence), texture (lack thereof), and Dalek-like attitude.
I happen to remember that shortly after joining Scienceblogs in 2006, PZ wrote about Sex in the MRI. There may well have been similar stuff before that posting that I don’t recall, but there definitely was more kinky stuff after that, especially the wild cephalopod sex. Oh! And I just remembered the slugs getting it on, shortly after that.
So, no. You can’t remember what wasn’t true, although you can misremember.
John Morales says
Indeed. The monkey with the frog comes to mind.
And almost every comment section had a post by woot with their links to boobies…
What ever happened to woot?
Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them.
— (Terry Pratchett, alt.fan.pratchett)