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High-speed footage helps reveal frog leap secrets

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High-speed cameras are helping scientists to uncover how frogs can jump as far as they do.

By studying the footage, frame by frame, the team from Brown University, Rhode Island, US, found that it was down to the fact that the frogs have incredibly stretchy muscles.

This enables them to achieve the delicate balancing act of creating the optimum amount of force and mechanical energy to perform their leaping feats.

The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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