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
Dr Joao Pedro Magalhaes, from the Institute of Integrative Biology, said: "The naked mole rat has fascinated scientists for many years, but it was not until a few years ago we discovered it could live for such a long period of time.
Little bigger than an ordinary mouse - which normally lives for around four years - the naked mole rat buries itself away in its desert burrows for up to an astonishing three decades, with scientists reckoning it can produce cells bearing anti-tumour capabilities.
They begin with topics about "doing science," including several papers on ethics and examples of how they apply, on the mechanics of behavior, including several articles about how we think animals think about numbers, emotions, and sexuality, on how animal behavior evolves, as expressed in domestication and changes in building their homes, and on the adaptive nature of reproductive and social behaviors in such subjects as siblicide, the evolution of jealousy, and the altruistic behaviors of naked mole rats.