A 1.2 metre long fossilized baculum (penis bone) from an extinct walrus is sold for $8,000 on Sunday (August 26) at a natural history auction in Beverly Hills, California.

$8000 walrus penis
Fossilized penis bone from extinct walrus (Image courtesy of Sfgate)

The item was sold to the company that runs the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums. The price will run $9,600 when auction fees are included. [Sfgate, via Boingboing]

Baculum is a bone found in the penis of most mammals (not in human though). A male walrus’s penis is completely internal but it has one of the largest penis bone in the animal kingdom.

The auctioned walrus’s balculum was found in northern Siberia, and is from a species of walrus that went extinct 12,000 years ago. It is believed to be the largest known mammal penis fossil.



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