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Old 02-23-2013, 02:25 PM
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The seam in a male below the testicles upto the buttocks

In an otherwise seamless creation why does the male of the human species have this seam. It looks and feels like a stitching. Whats the evolutionary significance of it?
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:33 PM
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Evolutionary significance? No. However, developmentally the scrotum is formed by fusing the fetus' labia. So yes, it is a seam.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:42 PM
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In an otherwise seamless creation why does the male of the human species have this seam. It looks and feels like a stitching. Whats the evolutionary significance of it?
Taint none.

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:47 PM
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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Actually, that should be "'taint one". If you're going to use nonexistent words, at least spell them with the right punctuation, please. :P
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:16 PM
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Actually, that should be "'taint one". If you're going to use nonexistent words, at least spell them with the right punctuation, please. :P
If you're going to criticize someone's punctuation, at least be sure it's the punctuation you're criticizing. :P
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:28 PM
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As a new mom to a baby boy, I too was curious about this. But it's not the kind of thing you type into google. Ball seams? Taint lines?
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:29 PM
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The structure referred to is the perineal raphe. It occurs in both sexes:

Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System

Wiki has photos if you want living detail.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:32 PM
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If you're going to criticize someone's punctuation, at least be sure it's the punctuation you're criticizing. :P
If you're going to criticize someone's criticism of someone's puntuation at least be sure it's um ...ah... I got nothing.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:00 PM
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It's obviously a road map of sorts!
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:06 PM
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It's the zipper for my exo-suit.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:59 PM
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During development, your skin essentially (and hugely oversimplifiedly) grows from the spine and curls around both sides, eventually meeting in the front. The seam you're talking about is where the two sides of skin met up. It's the same thing as the little dent under your nose, and why people are born with a cleft palate. There's also a line running down your front, though it's more obvious under the skin.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:14 PM
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Every foetus starts out as female and given the right number of chromosomes it turns male - so that's what would have been the female genitals if it had continued on the default settings.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:04 PM
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In an otherwise seamless creation why does the male of the human species have this seam. It looks and feels like a stitching.
We have seams in our skull, as well, which do not seal up until after birth.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:06 PM
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As a new mom to a baby boy, I too was curious about this. But it's not the kind of thing you type into google. Ball seams? Taint lines?
I assume the ads Google would present would be an odd mix.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:06 PM
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Actually, that should be "'taint one". If you're going to use nonexistent words, at least spell them with the right punctuation, please. :P
The correct punctuation would be "t'ain't." Following it with "none" is acceptable, employing the double negative for emphasis.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:32 PM
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How is it that "taint" is not a word? Plenty of people carry the taint of corruption, even if they don't have a seam but a labia instead.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:37 PM
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The correct punctuation would be "t'ain't."
Correct punctuation would be 'tain't, since it's from "it ain't."
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:44 PM
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In this case I'd expect the first apostrophe represents the letters -here, dropped from "there." (The question was, "what's the evolutionary significance of it?")

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:51 PM
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In this case I'd expect the first apostrophe represents the letters -here, dropped from "there."
Actually, it could go either way. I was also punning in referring to the "taint," a colloquialism for the perineum, the area between the genitals and anus. So called because it ain't one thing, and it ain't the other.

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:22 PM
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Actually, it could go either way. I was also punning in referring to the "taint," a colloquialism for the perineum, the area between the genitals and anus. So called because it ain't one thing, and it ain't the other.
I loved the pun. You made me think of a website about, um, taint.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:31 PM
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The taint area, per nurses I worked with on a previous project, is the area around the anus (not just between scrotum and anus). The reason they call it that is because it is tainted. Any cut or abrasion there is more likely to become infected due to the concentration of bacteria in the area. 'Taint what you thought.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:44 PM
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Actually, that should be "'taint one". If you're going to use nonexistent words, at least spell them with the right punctuation, please. :P
The word exists in an actual dictionary. The dictionary even lists the definition implied above.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:15 AM
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This video talks about the seam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Kdo...udLUzA&index=7
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:37 AM
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Every foetus starts out as female and given the right number of chromosomes it turns male - so that's what would have been the female genitals if it had continued on the default settings.
So basic model, and improved model.

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Old 02-24-2013, 08:39 AM
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And so does this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1epQU2AvNQ
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:08 AM
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Is it just me or am I the only male that never realized this and had to go into the restroom for an inspection?
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:14 AM
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In an otherwise seamless creation why does the male of the human species have this seam. It looks and feels like a stitching. Whats the evolutionary significance of it?
My bold.

You can feel it? Lucky guy.

To think what I'm missing.
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