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

U. of I. animal biology professor Andrew Suarez and his colleagues describe the unusual mechanics that enable Myrmoteras ant jaws to snap closed in half a millisecond.

Researchers reveal how a group of trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws shut at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – just fast enough to capture their elusive prey.

They report their findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau


Publication Date: 09/01/2017
Photo credits: L. Brian Stauffer
Editor: Diana Yates