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Meet the Jerboa

Meet the Jerboa

Jerboa, Allactaga tetradactyla (credit: Wikicommons)


Jerboas look like a small hopping dinosaur. Sometimes referred to as a potato on a toothpick, a hopping noodle, or a fuzzy rodent T-rex, the Jerboa from Africa and Central Asia is cute. A radio producer followed these small creatures, bouncing on their long, springy legs, to understand and possibly improve growth and regeneration of bones in people. These strange critters and their behavior may have more to tell us than we realize.


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