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  • Model calculates energetics of piercing fangs, claws and other biological weapons

    Photo of a viper skull with fangs out.

    A new model can be used to calculate the forces involved when one organism stabs another with its puncturing tools. Pictured: A viper skull.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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    The paper “Modeling biological puncture: A mathematical framework for determining the energetics and scaling” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2022.0559