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The little-studied reptiles may use their strange horns to communicate with mates or rivals, new research suggests.
Scientists report the “exceptional traumatic mating behavior” of a mysterious sea slug that gets intimate by inserting a hypodermic needle between the eyes of its mate.
You could call it everlasting love: Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil of mating insects, which lived during the Jurassic period, a new study says.
When it comes to choosing a mate, male lizards tend to go for more “feminine” females without blue necks, a new study says.
From “sword” fights to singing to sonar jamming, here are five of the more unusual ways animals employ their genitals.
Move over, Chanel No. 5: Scientists have discovered why the scent of bile is irresistible to female sea lampreys.
Hyenas, garter snakes, and cuttlefish are just a few species that act like—or sometimes become—the opposite sex.
Penis bones offer the first hard evidence of how an extinct species of bear lived and mated, a new study says.
The ability of female market squid to turn on and off the color white helps them escape the amorous, and aggressive, attentions of male squid.
No, it’s not aliens of the deep—it’s actually male puffer fish building elaborate nests, a new study says.
What do female peahens see when they watch a peacock fan his tail? Hint: It’s not his dazzling blue-green feathers.
Researchers use sexy robot frogs to gain insight into the evolution of complex behaviors.
Some female animals—including fish, snakes, and octopi—store sperm in their reproductive tracts for years after mating. But why?
If you thought the battle of the sexes was chaotic, meet Tetrahymena thermophila, whose genetic mysteries are finally being revealed.
Female Ulidiid flies expel and eat ejaculate as a way to control who will father their offspring, a new study says.
Worms that eat dead whales at the bottom of the ocean also mate inside the bones, a new study shows for the first time.
Valentine’s Day inspires silly displays in the name of romance, but heart-shaped candies and sappy cards are nothing compared to the show that nature routinely puts on. From balloon-blowing seals to penis-fencing flatworms, here’s a selection of some of the flashiest—and weirdest—ways that animals show off and compete to win mates.
A new study of coyote relationships has found that the only “tail” they chase is probably their own (or the Road Runner’s. Meep! Meep!) A recent study of urban coyotes shows that these canine cousins are loyal to their mates and never stray. Not ever. The surprising bit? This fidelity is helping coyotes to…