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Pygmy mole crickets are known to be prodigious jumpers on land. Now, researchers reporting in the December 4th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have found that the tiny insects have found an ingenious method to jump from the water, too.
Researchers from Cambridge University have successfully recorded fleas jumping, and in the process discovered exactly how the tiny insects leap so quickly and cover such great distances.
Animals can simplify the brain control of their limb movements by moving a joint with just one muscle that operates against a spring made of the almost perfect elastic substance called resilin.