Now, we humans are what biology types call vertebrates. Like birds, snakes, fish, turtles, and horses, we have spines.
Invertebrates is the really big group out there (97% of animal life on Earth). It includes flies, spiders, lobsters, coral, squids, and lots of others.
From what we know, we branched off from them roughly 535 million years ago. So with our last common ancestor being PRETTY OLD, you'd think we wouldn't have a lot in common.
But, apparently we do.
(Drosophila, by the way, are flies)
As published in the journal Science yesterday, if you take a bunch of horny male fruit flies, and deprive them of female companionship, they turn to consuming alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Now, anyone who knows a guy, or is a guy, is aware that this behavior clearly exists in human males, but it's interesting to find it in a life form fairly different from ours. Of course, I'm not sure if this has been tested in closer relatives, like dogs or chimpanzees. So it's possible this is some odd vestige left from 535 million years ago that's persisted in only 2 species.
Granted, I think it's unlikely there were any bars open then (although one near Big State University when I attended it may have been, as I don't think the bathrooms had been cleaned since trilobytes had used them).
I'm left with a few questions:
1. Is this where the rejection line "buzz off" originates?
2. Do flies have flying-insect-based porn flicks to turn to? If so do they feature stars with names like Jenna Erecta?
3. Who the hell thought of studying this in the first place? Where did they get funding? And how did they keep a straight face while asking for a grant?
4. Does this somehow relate to the fact that fruit flies have the longest sperm on Earth (2.3 inches each sperm! I SWEAR!)*
5. If the sexually satisfied flies are the ones hanging out on dog shit, and the deprived are the ones getting shit faced, which is worse?
6. Did anyone do this on female flies? When sex-deprived do they go shopping?
And last, I should add Mrs. Grumpy's comment that this proves males are a lower state of evolution than females, and simply haven't changed much in 535 million years.
* If knowing this fact ever helps you win millions on Jeopardy, please remember who told you. I take Paypal.