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Sex kills for some male marsupials: research

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Sex is such a frenetic and stressful process for some male marsupials that it literally kills them -- and female promiscuity partly fuels this "suicidal" behaviour, according to a new Australian-led research. 

The rodent-like animal Antechinus Flavipes, which is one of a small number of mammals that die after mating

Scientists had wondered for decades why some species of insect-eating marsupials dropped dead after mating, with speculation including that they died from fighting or to leave more food for their offspring.

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