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When it comes to penile support, the extinct bear Indarctos arctoides had a lot going on. Happy #FossilFriday!

Posted on April 10, 2015, at 10:01 a.m. ET

Take a look at this bad boy:

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That is the baculum of an extinct bear. It's pretty much a fossil dick.

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A baculum, if you didn't know, is a fancy word for a penile bone.

In related news, most mammals besides us have a bone that gives their member support during sex.
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In related news, most mammals besides us have a bone that gives their member support during sex.

It's pretty handy, actually.

When the male is aroused, muscles slide the bone into the penile shaft and give it the strength and shape it needs to get the job done.
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When the male is aroused, muscles slide the bone into the penile shaft and give it the strength and shape it needs to get the job done.

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This specific baculum fossil came from Indarctos arctoides, a bear that marauded around Europe between 4.5 and 10 million years ago.

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Despite Indarctos arctoides being smaller than many living bears, it nevertheless had a much larger baculum than anything found in bears today — 9.2 inches long on average.

The bottom one is the fossil baculum. The rest are bacula from living species of bears.
Juan Abella et al. 2013. / Via journals.plos.org

The bottom one is the fossil baculum. The rest are bacula from living species of bears.

Based on its length, the scientists who discovered the fossil argued that this bear species may have had longer, but fewer, sexual encounters than other mammals.

Good on ya, extinct bear. Quality over quantity!

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