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Watch: Miniature frogs faceplant after leaping. Scientists finally discover why

Ouch.

Luiz F. Ribeiro

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Leaping is second nature for frogs and toads, but a graceful landing isn’t guaranteed for every species.

The miniature Brachycephalus frogs of Brazil can’t seem to stick a clean landing.

Instead, they tumble and flop through the air until they lose momentum and crash to the ground.

Luiz F. Ribeiro