This is the idea that turtles (by which I mean, all members of Testudines) are like decrepit, weak, bony little old men housed inside a box. Well, wait a goddam minute…Believe it or don’t, turtles are horrifically well endowed, and if the thought of learning more about the genitals of these oh-so-surprising reptiles doesn’t appeal to you, look away now. They’re also present in squamates, archosaurs and turtles.This phylogenetic distribution has led some authors to conclude that these organs were present in amniote common ancestors.

“We have concerns but we are here to do the best we can.

It’s a distraction and I don’t understand why [it came out] now.”Simone Biles, the three time world champion who is heavily favored to win the all-around gold, said the members of the team had not been on social media and “didn’t know about [the report].” As a group, the gymnasts said their focus was on their last few days of training before the team event begins on Tuesday.(Read More: 60 Athletes to Watch in Rio)Brestyan, who owns his own gym in Massachussetts, Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, says that careful vetting of coaches by gym owners can only go so far.

An investigation published Thursday in the cites evidence USA Gymnastics, which oversees the sport from early development programs to the elite athletes competing in the Rio, was notified about multiple instances of abuse involving multiple coaches and underage girls but failed to alert law enforcement authorities., two leading federation officials explained their actions by pointing to a policy of only reporting cases if the victim or victim’s parent notified the federation.

The report comes just as the sport is ready to showcase its most talented athletes on sport’s biggest stage.“We try to keep the kids away from that right now for this moment,” Mihai Brestyan, the U. women’s Olympic team assistant coach said after the team’s first training session in the Rio Olympic arena.

The turtle penis, for example, contains only one vascular erectile body and develops on the ventral surface of the cloaca, whereas the mammal penis contains two erectile bodies and is derived from non-cloacal tissue.

In the diagram above – from Kelly (2002) – the penises of turtles, birds, mammals and snakes are compared in transverse section.

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Of the many unlikeable and inaccurate stereotypes maintained about animals in popular consciousness, among the most frustrating is what I term “old man turtle”. In keeping with the stupid “old man turtle” idea, popular culture would have it that turtles are weak, flaccid, crappy organisms with dull social lives, stunted and barely functional internal organs and undersized sex organs. Hydraulic intromittent male sexual organs – a variety of popular, alternative names are available – are not unique to mammals among tetrapods.

Note how different the organs are in their cross-sectional structure. Ahh, choice An intromittent organ of this sort is typically termed a ‘penis’.

Some researchers suggest that this term should be restricted to mammals and that the convergently similar organs of turtles and archosaurs should be termed phalluses instead (Isles 2009).

“I don’t confess that I take the Pill,” said one Catholic mother after the Vatican reaffirmed its doctrine against the use of birth control, “because I don’t believe it is a sin.” Within five years, 6 million American women were on the Pill. The true warriors in that revolution were young, single women, who, with the help of this new contraception, took their sexuality into their own hands.