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Re: A delicate matter...
On Sat, 10 Feb 1996, T. Mike Keesey wrote:
> Okay, this is going to sound kind of weird, so please try to remember
> that I am just asking this for the sake of scientific accuracy...
> When I draw pictures of dinosaurs, sometimes I wonder if there should be,
> er, a little something down in the pubic region on the males. I always
> see pictures with featureless, uh, areas. I think I saw a Bakker
> illustration of _Ceratosaurus_ with testicles, but that's about it.
Hey, this is as valid a question as any other about dinosaur appearance.
Let's just not let this one degenerate...
> My question is, what was the probable nature of masculine dinosaur
> genitalia? I would assume it to be bird-like and crocodile-like, but what is
> that? Is it internal? Are the testicles external, like in the Bakker
As I understand it, as all the genitalia, male and female, are found
within the body cavity in both crocs and birds, that is generally
assumed to be the case in non-avian dinosaurs. In fact, structures on
the cranialmost chevrons of some dinosaur specimens have been interpreted
as attachment sites for penis-retractor muscles.
> -T. Mike "I can't believe I'm asking this..." Keesey
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447
"If you can't convince them, confuse them." -- Harry S Truman