Sunday, April 03, 2016

Word of the day: fossorial

The word of the day is fossorial:

  1. digging or burrowing.
  2. adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks.

"A new kind of tadpole belonging to the Indian dancing frog family has surprised researchers because it burrows through and swallows sand, according to findings published in PLOS ONE.  'These tadpoles probably remained unnoticed all these years because of their fossorial nature, which in itself is a rare occurrence in the amphibian world,' said SD Biju, a study author."

 - 31 March 2016 Sigma Xi SmartBrief

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