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  • Team measures puncture performance of viper fangs

    Like other vipers, puff adder skulls have hinged jaws that deploy the fangs when the animal opens its mouth to strike.

    Like other vipers, puff adder skulls have hinged jaws that deploy the fangs when the animal opens its mouth to strike.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer; specimen © Field Museum of Natural History FMNH11006

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Philip Anderson, call 217-300-2855; email andersps@illinois.edu.

    To reach Stephanie Crofts, call 773-263-8228; email scrofts@illinois.edu.

    The paper “How do morphological sharpness measures relate to puncture performance in viperid snake fangs” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0905