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Researcher studies how animals puncture things

Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson and his colleagues found that increasing the speed of a projectile enhances its ability to puncture an object more effectively than increasing its mass.

If shooting arrows from a crossbow into cubes of ballistics gelatin doesn’t sound like biological science to you, you’ve got a lot to learn from University of Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson, who did just that to answer a fundamental question about how animals use their fangs, claws and tentacles to puncture other animals. Anderson conducted the study with Jeffrey LaCosse, of Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, and Mark Pankow, of North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 04/23/2016
Photo credits: L. Brian Stauffer
Editor: Diana Yates