Why Rosie the Ribbiter Leaps so Far (Video)

October 17, 2013 1:36 PM

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Every year, bullfrog "jockeys" at the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee encourage their frogs to jump the furthest. This display of amphibian prowess isn't just a fun event to watch, though, it may also have implications for science. Researchers have found that these jockeys can make their frogs jump much further than those that are used in studies, which means that scientists haven't been reporting the true maximal performance of the animal.

"It was sort of shocking; we worried about it," said Thomas Roberts, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Maybe we were missing something but we also had a little bit of uncertainty and skepticism."

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