It turns out that snakes also have clitoris, and researchers are very excited, pointing out that there are too few studies on females
hemipenis , but little research has been done on the reproductive organs of female snakes. A research team at the University of Adelaide, newly located in Australia, has discovered that female snakes have a `` hemiclitoris ''.
Male snakes are known to have a pair of reproductive organs called
First evidence of hemiclitores in snakes | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Scientists finally discovered the snake clitoris, and they're 'very excited' | Live Science
The presence of hemiclitoris in female snakes was discovered by a research team led by Megan Folwell, who studies reproductive science at the University of Adelaide. According to Mr. Folwell, the clitoris is an organ that exists not only in mammals but also in creatures such as birds and lizards. However, no studies have been done to show the presence of a clitoris in snakes.
Below is the Hemiclitoris of a snake called `` Common Death Adder '' discovered by Mr. Folwell. A pair of hemiclitrice (HC) can be identified, flanked by scent glands (SG) located on either side of the body.
Below is a picture of a hemiclitris present in a female viper. As a result of research, Mr. Folwell confirmed the presence of hemiclitris in females of the Viperidae family, Cobra family, Python family, and Nami snake family.
“We are very excited to share our discovery of the snake hemiclitoris! And we are very happy to see so many people as excited as we are! ' said. In addition, Mr. Folwell plans to continue investigating the evolutionary history of hemiclitris and how it is used for mating behavior.
So excited to finally be sharing our findings of the snake hemiclitores in @royalsociety !!!— Megan Folwell (@FolwellMegan) December 14, 2022
An amazing response from global press, so happy to see other people as excited as we are about this research !
As mentioned above, no studies of the hemiclitris in female snakes have been done before. According to Live Science, this ``lack of anatomical knowledge about females'' tends to appear not only in snakes but in all organisms, including humans. For example, it is reported that the number of ``papers on male sperm competition'' published in the academic journal ``Nature'' between 1970 and 2021 is more than seven times that of ``papers on female mate selection''. Between 1989 and 2013, about 50% of the research papers on animal reproductive organs published in the scientific journal PLOS Biology focused only on males, whereas only females. It is also clear that there were only about 10% of the studies that applied.
``If research on evolutionary biology was only done on males, the results would be very biased,'' said Marin Arkins, who studies evolutionary biology at Stockholm University. It points out the risk of spreading scientifically incorrect ideas due to the current lack of scientific knowledge about.