A virtually hairless and partially poikilothermic rodent—whimsically known as a sabre-toothed sausage—which is native to the horn of Africa. Naked mole rats are the most interactive of all vertebrates, and have a social structure similar to bees and other eusocial organisms
A statue saluting the contribution of the naked mole rat to pioneering research may not go amiss in Liverpool in the future, should this particular avenue of investigation bear as much fruit as some obviously believe it may.
A few months ago, Tuesday's Sciences section of The New York Times ran an article about the naked mole rat, a species of rodent which creates a beehivelike society, complete with a queen, sexless drones--the works--and is the only mammal known to do so.
Vera Gorbunova, PhD (Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York) reported on the investigations she and her husband (Andrei Seluanov, PhD) have made into why naked mole rats live so long and don't get cancer.