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Insects and sex: 'Educational help' from the museum
Date:3/11/2010

male sexual organs within one species so that fertilization by another species can be prevented has for a long time served as the explanation for the extraordinary variability of the copulation organs," says Prof. Beutel. "Current works, however, indicate that this is rather the result of sexual selection a kind of evolutive arms race between male and female sexual organs, so to speak."

At the end of the two-year term the research project's results will be shown in a scientific workshop, and in a special exhibition for the public in the Phyletic Museum. It is planned to create larger-than-life models of the insects from the MicroCT images. The working title of the exhibition has been fixed already: "What you've always wanted to know about sex and insects." "We therefore give people 'education' literally", Prof. Beutel says with a wink. Thanks to the bees.


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Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Beutel
rolf.beutel@uni-jena.de
49-364-194-9140
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitt Jena
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