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These salamanders snack on each other (but don't die) - Luis Zambrano

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Axolotls are one of science’s most studied animals. Why, you ask? These extraordinary salamanders are masters of regeneration: they can flawlessly regenerate body parts ranging from amputated limbs and crushed spines to parts of their eyes and brains. So, how do they do it? And what other secrets are they keeping? Luis Zambrano explores the baffling biology of the axolotl.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Luis Zambrano
  • Director Lizete Upīte
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Sound Designer Rebeka Andersone
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam

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