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

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

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

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It's pretty handy, actually.

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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.

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.

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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.

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