Chief Science Correspondent
A study published in Ecology Letters in September suggests that a female's previous sexual partners can influence the phenotypic traits of her subsequent offspring.
Feel free to read that sentence again. The phenomenon is known as telegony, and it may be quite a lot to absorb at once.
Telegony is a bit like epigenetics in that it is a concept that was once widely believed to be true (It was first proposed by Aristotle), but was later largely dismissed by the scientic community.