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November 8 2012

Crocs have super-sensitive jaws

Thick-skinned crocodilians are actually more sensitive to touch than humans, according to scientists.

US researchers investigated the dome-shaped dots along the jaws of alligators and crocodiles.

They discovered the bumps were made of specialised cells and were more sensitive than human fingertips.

The neuroscientists suggest the sensitive spots play a major part in the aquatic reptiles' impressive reaction times when hunting.

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