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2010-07-22 09:05:48

Sometimes divers, to their own painful dismay, do belly flops. But did you ever see a frog belly flop? That's just what primitive living frogs do, according to a new study by Dr. Richard Essner, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the US, and colleagues, looking at the evolution of frog jumping and landing. They found that frogs became proficient at jumping before they perfected landing. This evolutionary split, characterized by an inability to rapidly rotate the limbs forward...

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2008-03-03 11:25:00

Scientists in New Zealand have discovered a rare, endangered frog breeding in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, near the capital of Wellington.The tiny, finger-nail sized Maud Island frogs are typically found only on two islands in the Malborough Sounds region of New Zealand's South Island.  "Maud Island frogs have never been found breeding" before, even on their home island, said Kerri Lukis, a researcher and masters candidate at Victoria University in Wellington, in an Associated Press...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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