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These animals spend their whole lives waiting to have sex, and then they die

Existing just to have sex is a solid evolutionary strategy.
antechinus

The humble antechinus, pre-sex.

The humble antechinus has been in the news recently because, well, it has so much sex that it dies. This is not an evolutionary flaw. It is, in fact, a feature of the species.

Male antechinuses (antechinii? antechinae?) spend half their lives having sex for 14 hours a day. And it’s not leisurely, loving sex. It’s frantic oh-my-god-I-must-ejaculate-as-quickly-as-possible kind of sex. The kind of sex that rapidly

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