Do big tadpoles become big frogs?

"We wanted to know, do large frogs have large tadpoles and small frogs small tadpoles, or are the sizes between the two decoupled?'"

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Why frogs are green to the bone

Why are frogs green? Their color comes from a clever biochemical workaround that combines an odd protein choice and a potential poison in the blood.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

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More people eat frog legs than you think – and humans are harvesting frogs at unsustainable rates

Frogs are harvested as food by the millions every year. A new study shows that uncontrolled frog hunting could drive some populations to extinction by midcentury.

Kerim Çiçek, Associate Professor of Zoology, Ege University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

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Treefrogs fool predators with mating call choirs

Male treefrogs throw off predators teaming up with others to sing out their mating calls in quick succession, researchers say.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Coquí frog has hung around Caribbean for 29M years

The discovery of a 29 million-year-old fossil heralds the coquí frog, the national symbol of Puerto Rico, as the oldest frog in the Caribbean.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

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Some blobby frog heads hide amazing spiny skulls

Beneath their slick skin, some frog skulls sport spines, spikes, and other skeletal secrets called hyperossification.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Little Devil frogs feed their babies poison eggs for good reason

Two species of poison frogs from distant parts of the world both feed their young unfertilized, toxin-laced eggs. New research uncovers why.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 22, 2019 ~6 min

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How humans’ sense of ‘intuitive physics’ touches fictional worlds

A Harvard study is exploring the way humans’ sense of “intuitive physics” of the real world leaves fingerprints on the fictional universes we create.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~8 min

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This frog’s mating call attracts predators, too

The mating calls túngara frogs make have an unfortunate side effect: attracting one of their main predators.

Kayla Zacharias-Purdue • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~6 min

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Scrambled frog eggs reform into cell-like structures

"If you blend a computer, you'd end up with tiny bits of computer.... But, lo and behold, the cytoplasm reorganizes."

Stanford • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~5 min

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