Re: Bird Questions
- "ANNE V. GILBERT" <avgilbert@...> wrote:
>There are numerous animals that do mate for life and won't mate again.
> FWIW, animals that mate for life will mate for the life of the
> partner. That is, if one of them dies, they will look for another
> mate the following season. At least that's my understanding.
For example, anglerfish (where the male actually merges with the female
and they become the same organism). Also, numerous arthropods are set
up to mate only once. Some male mites actually break off their
genitals and leave them blocking the female so that neither of them can
Some vertebrates have life cycled timed so that they can mate only
once, and then die, but I don't know of any vertebrate that normally
mates multiple times that stops when a mate-for-life dies, which is
what was meant, of course.
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- --- "Michael E. Suttkus, II" <suttkus@...>
> Adam also had microscopic vision so he could name"No way! All members of the bug kind were super-big as
> all of the really tiny animals.
well. Gen 6:4, remember?"
"Evolution is to the social sciences as statues are to
birds: a convenient platform upon which to deposit badly
digested ideas." (Steve Jones, 2000, "Darwin's Ghost", pp.
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