By Jason Arunn Murugesu. The animals could be used to model human deafness and help develop treatments. Not only do they live exclusively underground, they are blind, have poor hearing and make loud, piercing cries. Pyott and her colleagues focused their research on naked mole rats Heterocephalus glaber and Damaraland mole rats Fukomys damarensis , aiming to determine what causes this poor hearing and how this trait may have evolved. This confirmed that they struggled to hear quiet sounds and could only perceive sound between a narrow frequency, between 0. Humans, by contrast, can detects sounds between about 0.
Naked Mole Rat
Mole Rat - Description, Habitat, Image, Diet, and Interesting Facts
Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age. Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal besides age, a person's risk of dying doubles every 8 years after age For naked mole rats Heterocephalus glaber , there is no increase in the risk of death even when the rats are 25 times older than the onset of sexual maturity.
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Weird: Naked Mole Rats Don't Die of Old Age
The naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber , also known as the sand puppy ,  is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa. It is closely related to the blesmols and is the only species in the genus Heterocephalus of the family Heterocephalidae. It has a highly unusual set of physical traits that allow it to thrive in a harsh underground environment and is the only mammalian thermoconformer , almost entirely ectothermic cold-blooded in how it regulates body temperature.
Despite the name, they are neither moles, or rats. They are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs. They are found in parts of Eastern Africa and has a rather unusual set of physical characteristics that give it the ability to thrive in a harsh underground environment.