Question:

I saw Rabbi Pfeffer’s excellent article on http://dinonline.org/2010/12/30/vaeira-changing-halachah-in-a-changing-world/
Has any research been done to investigate whether nature has really changed eg are there intact bodies of people or animals that are at least 1600 years old?
For example:
If there are old corpses (skeletons wouldn’t show enough) do they bear out what it says in bechoros 44a that describe 2 channels in the male sex organ; one for urine and one for semen?
Tosfos chullin 47a describes a little rose lobe that the Talmudic sages said was only in some animals, but is now in all animals.

Answer:

Nature has changed. The Chazon Ish already writes that there are no two channels now days but only one. (The Gemorah Bechoros is 44b)

Sources:

Tosefos Avodah Zorah 24 ד”ה פרה, Ramo E:H 156:4, Magen Avrohom O:CH 173:1 & Mishnah Berurah 3 Teshuvas Rabi Akivah Eiger 128, Teshuvas Avney Nezer 238. Chazon Ish E:H 12:7

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