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Toads 'detect earthquakes'


Natural disasters could be predicted by studying the breeding habits of the common toad, new research has found.

Five days before an earthquake hit L'Aquila in Italy, 2009, 96% of male toads abandoned a breeding site 46 miles from the quake's epicentre.

Rachel Grant, researcher from the Open University who made the observations, explains the findings.


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