Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Weird News Wednesday-Prehistoric Porn

LUCKNOW, India - This was no one-night stand. Scientists in India say they have discovered two fossils fused together in sexual union for 65 million years. The findings were published in the October edition of the Indian journal "Current Science," which said it was the first time that sexual copulation had been discovered in a fossil state, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. But voyeurs will need a microscope to view the eternal lovers.
(Did they put black tape across the eyes of the fossils?)

The fossils are tiny swarm cells, a stage in the development of the fungus myxomycetes, also known as slime molds.
(Gees, this reminds me of a few dates I've had.)

The cells reproduce by "fusing," Ranjeet Kar of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow reportedly told PTI. Once the cells fuse, long, threadlike appendages known as flagella, are lost, he said. Finding the fossils in a fused position and with their flagella shed, is evidence that the two cells were having sex, Kar said.
(The smiles on their faces and the tiny cigarettes provided further confirmation.)

"The sexual organs being delicate and the time of conjugation short lived, it is indeed rare to get this stage in the fossil state," the study said.
(Sounds like another guy I dated.)


What's next? A book of pick-up lines for single-cells and slime molds?

Roy, would ya look at the flagella on THAT one? Hot stuff!
Yeah, Barry, I'd like to see that one wrap her cilia around my psuedopoda!
Is that a mitochondria yer packin' or are ya just happy to see me?
If I said you had a beautiful volvox would you hold it against me?
Why don't you come up and slime me sometime?
What's a protozoan like you doing in a primordial soup like this?



Update: Goody's reward will be posted Friday!

14 comments:

James Goodman said...
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James Goodman said...

Why don't you come up and slime me sometime?

You mean that isn't a valid pickup line for humans as well? :)

lime said...

lmao, goody!

snavy said...

LOL Lime!!!

bsoholic said...

Roy, would you look at the flagella on THAT one? Hot stuff!

Hahaha! That is hilarious. Funny story too, nothing beats a 65 million year night stand.

Breazy said...

WOW! LMAO! great stuff Lime . I can't wait for Goody's surprise !

lime said...

hehee, thanks snavy and breazy.

bs, but did he call her the next day?

barefoot_mistress said...

ROTF!!! I have always thought Lucknow was lucky, and I now I know, it's for sure!

The Village Idiot said...

Gives new meaning to that line from ghostbusters....I've been Slimed

Jodes said...

oh my!!!

bsoholic said...

LMAO Lime, I would bet he did not in fact call her after the 65 million year night stand.

The Zombieslayer said...

What's a protozoan like you doing in a primordial soup like this?

Lol! That's some serious biology geek humor.

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Greek Shadow said...

And her mother said it would never last.