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Submission + - Galloping Dung Beetles Discovered In South Africa (ibtimes.com)

minty3 writes: A team of scientists who carried out research in South Africa discovered that three species of dung beetles have a “galloping” gait to navigate to their nests.

“This species of Pachysoma grabs bits of poo and gallops forward with it. That is really odd. Most insects walk with a tripod gait,” Professor Marcus Byrne of Wits University said in a statement pointing to how the insects usually plant three legs on the ground while swinging their other three legs forward. “For an insect to abandon the tripod gait and use its legs together in pairs like a galloping horse is really radical.”

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Galloping Dung Beetles Discovered In South Africa

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