At the intersection of sh*t beetles, sneaky f*cking, and gigantic balls.

For some time now, I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about one of my favourite papers: Leigh Simmons and Doug Emlen’s research into evolutionary trade-offs between weapons and testes. It’s a fascinating piece of research, encompassing an ingenious experiment and a broader investigation of metabolic trade-offs in male dung beetles of the genus Onthophagus.

I’m afraid, however, that I’ve fallen foul of the temptation to post about it on my tumblr site, so that I could take advantage of a great photo of the beasties themselves. Don’t worry, however – with a single click of your mouse, you can nip over and read it right now…

Nature!Sex!TopTips! – Sneaky beetlesImage

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