Scientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw ant


09/08/2017 09:12 PM EDT

trap-jaw ant

Researchers provide the first mechanical description of the jaws of a group of trap-jaw ants that can snap their spring-loaded jaws shut at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour–just fast enough to capture their elusive prey.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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