Blog: Naked mole rats diss Gompertz law

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Although we don’t actually have mole rats here, they are fascinating and a very weird animal, by my standards. First, they are a cold-blooded mammal, because they are unable to regulate their body temperature. Their incisor teeth can move independently of each other and even work together like a pair of chopsticks. They turn into baby-sitters after consuming feces; they can survive for up to 20 minutes without any air. They are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs. A colony can consist of 300 individuals and their underground territory can be as large as six football fields. But, here’s the kicker, after they reach sexual maturity around six months, a naked mole rat have a one in 10,000 chance of dying regardless of how old they are, some living over 30 years. Because naked mole rats do not seem to age according to the Gompertz law, it’s now believed that they begin aging at a much later point than most mammals. 

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