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Media Highlight: Dalhousie researcher examines how female dolphins choose father of their calves

Posted by Communications and Marketing on October 16, 2017 in Media Highlights

New research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that female dolphins have an anatomical ability to choose which of these males, if any, ultimately fertilizes her eggs.

For the past seven years, Dara Orbach, a marine mammologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, has been studying cetacean sex. To better understand the mechanics of sex in bottlenose and common dolphins, and harbor porpoises, she and her team studied the sex organs of animals that had very recently died to model sexual activity. 

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