UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
UrsulaV
ursulav

We all knew about the gay penguins by now, I assume, (Yes, I know the famous two in central park split, but gay pairings 'mongst waterfowl are still absurdly common.*) but this is the first I've heard about penguin prostitutes!

http://www.calacademy.org/calwild/2004spring/stories/materialgirls.html

What I want to know is--do those people who went nuts finding a mandate for conservative family values in "March of the Penguins" and even proof of intelligent design** know about this?

And more importantly--gawd, nature is so cool.


*Interestingly enough, some studies would indicate that among some swans, having two male parents is the most desireable arrangement. Evidentally the eggs are nearly 30% more likely to hatch and the hatchlings have a correspondingly high survival rate and body weight, as the two males can hold and control much better nesting territories. Go figure.

**I can't say that penguin prostitution disproves ID--obviously nothing does, since it isn't falsifiable, which is the reason t'aint science--but it would sure make an interesting statement about our hypothetical designer's morals...
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