The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals

June 26, 2014 8:14 PM

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals

Some animals are just plain shocking in that they’ve evolved the ability to detect naturally occurring electric fields, while others can produce their own electricity.

In a study published today in the journal Science, researchers have worked out how six different groups of electric fish evolved organs capable of generating electricity. All muscle cells have electrical potential, but in these six groups of fish, certain muscle cells evolved over millions of years ...

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