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comment Why do smaller mammals move intermittently?
Motion not only greatly increases your chances of being seen by something that wants to eat you (or something you want to eat), but it also increases your chances of being heard (or vibrationally detected), and/or smelled.
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comment Why do smaller mammals move intermittently?
Not just mammals. Insects and reptiles do this too.
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revised Can a person really die quickly from biting their tongue?
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comment Can a person really die quickly from biting their tongue?
Thanks! Looks like a reputable counter-example. This answer will do unless an authoritative analysis or statistical result is posted. (Previous comments are now obsolete.)
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comment Can a person really die quickly from biting their tongue?
Thanks @jarlemag. The references seem to pertain to five-ish cases of tongues that were amputated to some degree. Best I can tell -- this side of the pay-walls -- is that no immediate fatalities occurred in those cases.
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comment Can a person really die quickly from biting their tongue?
@rg255, If it depends on hitting the artery with your teeth, it might not be anatomically possible. Hoping for some experts or citations to chime in.
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comment Can a person really die quickly from biting their tongue?
@rg255: Excellent. This article says that Lingual artery hemorrhage is "life-threatening". Although it's reporting an injury caused by a botched biopsy. It's not at all clear (to me) that a sufficiently similar wound could be caused by a person's own teeth.
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