Humans are oddballs in the animal kingdom for many reasons, but one of the quirkiest things is how we reproduce. Or, more to the point, how our bodies behave when we aren’t reproducing. Menstruation and menopause are both very rare. Of all mammals, only us, our primate relatives and elephant shrews menstruate. Menopause is even harder to come by — killer whales are our only sisters in hot-flushes, apparently.
Published by Dyani Lewis
I am a freelance science journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve written on a variety of topics, but I’m naturally drawn to evolutionary biology, medicine and microbes of all persuasions. My work has been published by Science, Nature Medicine, ABC Health & Wellbeing, Cosmos, The Conversation, Australasian Science Magazine and others. I’ve also guest blogged for United Academics Magazine. For two years running, I have had articles selected for inclusion in The Best Australian Science Writing (2014 and 2015), published by NewSouth Books. I am a regular co-host on Triple R’s Einstein-a-Go-Go science radio show and have hosted and produced science episodes for Up Close, the University of Melbourne’s podcast. I’ve also written and recorded for ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor. I have a PhD in plant genetics, but I’m happy to have ditched the pipette and labcoat to get out and snoop around the scientific terrain being explored by others. I have a Masters in Journalism/Professional Writing to help me share what I find. I occasionally tweet @dyanilewis. View all posts by Dyani Lewis