December 2 According to the “Central News Agency”, reptiles such as lizards and geckos have the ability to rebirth with broken tails. According to a new study published in the Scientific Report, researchers found that underage alligators also have this ability to grow new tails up to 23 centimeters long or 18% of the total length if they encounter broken tails.
A team of scientists from Arizona State University and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, using advanced imaging technology and methods to study anatomical structure and tissue structure, reportedly found that the regeneration tail of alligator has central cartilage but no bones, showing regeneration and repair of wounds. Ability.
According to the introduction, the study was published in the Scientific Reports of Natural Research.
“The regenerated bones are covered by connective tissue and the outer skin, but there are no skeletal muscles (the lizard’s regenerated tail has skeletal muscles,” said Kenro Kusumi, head and professor of the Department of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.
According to the report, alligators, lizards and humans belong to the amniotic animals with vertebrae, so it was found that alligators can regenerate such a large and complex tail, providing considerable new information for the regeneration process of larger animal classification in amniotic animals.
Researchers hope that their findings will help repair wounds and new treatments for diseases such as arthritis.