December 20, 2012
Pre-formed Score Lines Where Gecko Tails Detach Revealed By Advanced Bio-imaging
Public Library of Science
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Like sheets of paper marked with perforated lines, gecko tails have unique structural marks that help them sever their tails to make a quick getaway. Though voluntarily shedding a body part in this manner is a well-known phenomenon, research published December 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE reveals aspects of the process that may have applications for structural engineers making similar, quickly detachable structures.
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