|Jose Antonio Penas, Science Photo Library|
|Birds, bees, T-Rexes.|
Dinosaur sex is going viral. Last week, online newspaper the Huffington Post
and London's Daily Mail
both ran articles on dino mating, complete with headline puns ("The joy of T-Rex") and illustrated slideshows so detailed that the HuffPo asked, "dinosaur science--or dinosaur porn?"
Along with the drawings was a quote from paleontologist and Macalester professor Kristi Curry Rogers, on how the specifics of the act played out.
"The most likely position to have intercourse is for the male behind the female, and on top of her, and from behind," she said. "Any other position is
The line is from the Discovery Channel's 2008 video, "Tyrannosaurus Sex," for which Rogers was an on-camera expert. But turns out, even scientific shows leave a lot of context on the cutting room floor. We called up Rogers and talked about the drawings in those slideshows, whether dinosaur sex is really a paleo specialty, and boycotting the Discovery Channel video.More »