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How Evolution Overshot the Optimum Bone Structure in Hopping Rodents

October 17, 2022


Watch time:

5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan News

Evolution may have done the hopping rodent family a disservice regarding their foot bone structure. Jerboas and other small hopping rodents have separate foot bones, while their larger cousins have fully fused foot bones. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that partially fused bones would ideally alleviate stress in these animals.

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