Bellyflop landing shows how frogs evolved
Frogs evolved the ability to jump before they perfected the art of landing, according to scientists.
Researchers from New Zealand and the US studied a primitive group of frogs called Leiopelmatidae.
They captured slow motion footage of the creatures leaping and landing, and noticed that they hit the ground in a rather inelegant bellyflop.
The scientists report their findings in the journal Naturwissenschaften.
Footage courtesy of Richard Essner
23 Jul 2010
- From the section Science & Environment