Oldest fossilised penis

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425-million-year-old ostracod (shrimp), the oldest fossilized penis (in orange). Credit: Prof. David Siveter, U. Leicester

The Guinness Book of World Records lists the oldest fossilised penis as a 100-million-year-old penis belonging to a sea-shrimp, found in Brazil.

A paper published in the journal Science, gives the age of the fossil as 425 million years old, and belongs to an ostracod, or seed-shrimp, that was found in the United Kingdom, and was discovered by Professor of paleontology, David Siveter, at the University of Leicester.

The fossil is thought to be the oldest example of a male animal found the fossil record, although the gender would have been around before this time.

References

  • "Oldest Penis", Guinness World Records, 26 Jun 2003
  • Daniel Kane, "Oldest male fossil bares all", NBC News, Dec. 4, 2003
  • David J. Siveter, et al, "An Ostracode Crustacean with Soft Parts from the Lower Silurian", Science 5 December 2003:
    Vol. 302 no. 5651 pp. 1749-1751