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How tails help geckos and other vertebrates make great strides

20:00 EDT 6 Sep 2017 | AAAS

(University of California - Riverside) A wagging tail is often associated with dogs' emotions, but the side-to-side motion may also help them take longer strides and move faster, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Riverside.The research was done on leopard geckos, which are ideal animals for the study of tail function because they naturally lose their tails as a defense mechanism against predators in a process called autotomy.

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