Women have something surprising in common with a tiny creature called the spiny mouse

  • Nadia Bellofiore

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Chances are, you've never even heard of the spiny mouse. It's a small rodent that lives in northern Africa.

But if you're a woman between the ages of 12 and 50, you and this mouse have a lot to bond over, according to a new report from scientists in Australia.

The study was posted on the preprint server bioRxiv, which means it hasn't yet been reviewed by other scientists. But if the results hold up, the researchers have found the first example of menstruation in a rodent, and one of very few examples in a non-primate.

Period13 Jun 2016

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