10 Creatures That Conveniently Grow Back Body Parts (Slideshow)

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While humans have the reputation of being the most intelligent of Earth's creatures, the higher you go on the food chain the less ability you have to regrow appendages. Yes, it's too bad. Humans can cut themselves and the wound will heal: Cut off a finger or arm, however, and you end up with a stump. Here are 10 creatures that may not have a written language or health insurance, but can regenerate legs, claws and heads when necessary.

Take the Skink: Its tail can be "released" when it's grabbed by a predator...and keeps wiggling in the other animal's mouth while the skink scurries away to safety...

Tags: Animals | Biology | Extinction | Fish

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