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  •  I dunno ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne
    Same sex contact is common among all species in the animal kingdom.  If you don't believe in science, however, you don't need to bother your silly little head with scientific facts.

    I dunno about "common among all species" but it's certainly not unique to humans.  Heck, it's not even just "same-sex contact" ... there's same-sex pair-bonding.  

    For example, the obviously pair-bonded swans in the Boston Public Gardens are evidently both female.  (The obvious jokes have all been made, repeatedly.  Hell, all of the non-obvious ones have been made, including obscure references to "Boston marriages".)

    Mundus vult decipi.

    by Bearpaw on Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 01:36:16 PM PDT

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    •  I am drawing on the research of (1+ / 0-)
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      Beach (1968), who reported female-female mounting behavior in 23 non-human species, Erwin and Maple (1976) who observed male to male anal intercourse among 12 different primate types, and Lorenz (1966) who noted a long term homosexual relationship between ducks.  Horses, sheep, cattle, tigers, penguines, swans, dolphins and several bird varities have been observed in same sex interactions.  It is, indeed, a common and wide spread behavior.

      •  common isn't the same as universal (0+ / 0-)
        Beach (1968), who reported female-female mounting behavior in 23 non-human species, Erwin and Maple (1976) who observed male to male anal intercourse among 12 different primate types, and Lorenz (1966) who noted a long term homosexual relationship between ducks.

        Given that there are over a million described species of animals, 36 isn't exactly a huge data sample.  Even limiting the question to the over 4,000 species of mammals, that data sample would be kinda small.  Same-sex contact is pretty clearly natural animal behavior for at least some animals -- including humans -- but saying that it's "common among all species in the animal kingdom" (as you did earlier) is unnecessarily overstating the case, as far as I'm familiar with current research.

        Mundus vult decipi.

        by Bearpaw on Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 02:29:24 PM PDT

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        •  I accept your correction (0+ / 0-)

          I no longer have the research materials at my disposal to make a stronger defense of my prior claim and therefore, conceed that you are absolutely right.

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