Animal clitorises?

Do female animals other than humans have clitorises, and do they more or less function the same as they do in humans?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoris

To save other Dopers a bit of reading, the OP’s question is not addressed one way or the other in this link.

I know this isn’t a GQ-worthy answer, but I don’t see why so many female animals (dogs, monkeys) would masturbate so much if they didn’t have some pleasure receptors down there (whereas sex between, say, female Bonobos, can have other uses like bonding and avoiding violence).

Ahh, seems the female mammals do (especially those lucky hyenas). And how long did it take science to ‘discover’ it in women? And then realize it actually extends up into the body (aka the ‘G spot,’ though it’s more like ‘spots’)? Sigh…

http://www.lifesci.utexas.edu/courses/bio478L/LecturesPDF/reproduction.pdf

http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=17528969

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/labs/place/publications/16Place&Glickman.2004.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/p6fd827xpybcwmjg/

http://www.world-sex-records.com/sex-314.htm

It’s in the first sentence:

Actually yes it does address what the OP asked.

From the link:

The clitoris (Greek κλειτορίς) is a sexual organ that is present in biologically female mammals.

So that answers the question if female animals have a clitoris.

Unlike the penis, which is homologous to the clitoris, the clitoris does not contain the distal portion of the urethra and functions solely to induce sexual pleasure. The only known exception to this is in the Spotted Hyena, where the urogenital system is modified so that the female urinates, mates and gives birth via an enlarged, erectile clitoris, known as a pseudo-penis.[1]

Their actual birth canal is through their “pseudo-penis”? And who was saying that hyenas are lucky, exactly?

Poor, poor hyenas.

I remember reading in Elaine Morgan’s book The Descent of Woman, that female animals tend to get off (i.e., orgasm) from just vaginal sex because their vaginas aren’t as far forward as ours–whereas we tend to have troubles, (often) need to be given clitoral stimulation, along with a hope and a prayer and if all the planets align before it happens. Is there any truth to that?

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