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Old 09 June 2014, 09:23 PM
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Goldfish First Vertebrate Sex Organs Evolved as Extra Legs

We humans use the euphemism for sex that “we like to get a leg over” but the first jawed vertebrates – the placoderms – they liked to get a leg in. They were the first back-boned creatures to evolve male genital organs, or claspers, supported by a bony internal skeleton. What’s even more peculiar is that, unlike the cartilaginous claspers of modern sharks, which are a modified part of the pelvic fin, our new research has shown that in placoderms they were basically a separate set of paired appendages.

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Old 09 June 2014, 10:46 PM
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So their boners were actual boners.
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Old 10 June 2014, 01:40 AM
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That in itself isn't so unusual - lots of modern mammalian species have a baculum.
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Old 10 June 2014, 03:42 AM
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Do I really need to point out what's wrong with the title of the article?

Too bad, I'm going to do it anyway: placoderms were completely aquatic "fish*" that didn't have legs. Therefore, it's incorrect to say that the claspers were another set of legs.

Also, I've never heard that euphemism for sex before.

*Quotes since I'm not sure if they're considered true fish anymore or not.
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Old 10 June 2014, 11:56 AM
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Also, I've never heard that euphemism for sex before.
It's a very common expression in the UK, and the article is from an Australian source, so I guess it's used there too.
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Old 10 June 2014, 02:27 PM
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So I guess this means that when guys brag about their "third leg," they mean it?
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Old 10 June 2014, 04:00 PM
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So I guess this means that when guys brag about their "third leg," they mean it?
I'd say such claims are fishy.
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Old 10 June 2014, 04:35 PM
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Well, you have to keep in mind the scale they are basing it on. But even then, do they really think such claims will attract the gills?
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Old 11 June 2014, 12:26 AM
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Yeah, I don't think too many will take the bait.
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