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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Video: Meet 'Leaproach,' the Jumping Cockroach
6 December 2011 7:04 pm
Cockroaches don't get much respect, but that may change with the discovery of a newly discovered South African roach species that looks and leaps like a grasshopper. Nicknamed "leaproach" by its discoverers, Saltoblattella montistabularis is the first known roach that doesn't just scuttle but also jumps, researchers report online today in Biology Letters. Super long and muscular hind legs help leaproach cover as much as 35 cm—nearly 50 times its body length—in one bound. That means it out-hops locusts, which travel only 20 times their body length. The new species also sports bulging rounded eyes, unique among roaches, which probably help it land in the right spot after a leap. So far, leaproach has been found only in a small patch of grassland in Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town. Researchers think it may have turned to leaping as the easiest way to navigate a habitat of long grass stems.
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