Sex, 40 million B.C.

The book of love might be rewritten by each generation, but the pictures don’t change much. So MSNBC proves with its personal look at an intimate moment from a long, long, long time ago:

Forty million years ago, a female mite met an attractive partner, grabbed him with her clingy rear end and began to mate — just before a blob of tree resin fell on the couple, preserving the moment for eternity.

The discovery, reported in the latest issue of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, proves that some female mites are, or at least were, mightier than their mates.

You’ll have to read the whole article to get to the wonderfully filthy bit about “female copulatory tubes.” Oh.