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Snails are curious in that many species use a so-called "love dart" to stab each other when mating. It is thought that this increases the chances of fertilisation, despite the possible risks of getting stabbed in the wrong place. In large snails, the darts are similarly large, so visible to the human eye, and have a clear shaft like a dart or sword. Perhaps early scholars were also good naturalists and so had noticed these curious aspects of snail mating? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_dart for further information.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2013 on Knight v Snail at Medieval manuscripts blog
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