Scientists At The Fair

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers head to the county fair to get a more accurate analysis of how far a bullfrog can jump.

     Researchers from Brown and Northeastern University went to the Calavera County Fair in California to study how far a bullfrog can really leap.  The researcher from Brown was frustrated with lab leaping analysis of bullfrogs and decided that the best way to see a bullfrog in action was in a frog-leaping contest.  Lab measurements hadn’t surpassed 1 m, although they had heard of winning bull frogs jumping as much as 3m.  They filmed the fair jumps and took them back to the lab for analysis.  They found that most bullfrogs jumped an average 1.1 to 1.5 m.  But for the professionals who went out to hand select their prize-winning jumpers, their frogs hit closer to the 3m mark.  The researchers determined it’s all a numbers game; the more frogs there are to choose from, the more likely you are to end up with good jumper.