Tag Archives: biomechanics

THAT CHAMELEON TONGUE THING

October 2007

Could you pick up a 10-kilo piece of steak with your tongue? A chameleon can do just that (or the equivalent thereof). Their tongue appears to create a suction cup just as it blobs onto the hapless victim. Video of chameleon eating, from Madagscar, filmed by Jo Stonehouse (once of Manchester, now in Sheffield).  Article about the biomechanics of tongue projection in chameleons from J Exp Biol (open access).

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Filed under Reptiles, Videos

ARMOURED FISH WITH A BIG BITE

Reconstruction of a 400 MYR old armoured fish shows quite what a massive bite it had.

BBC news summary here; open access original article from Biology Letters here.

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Filed under Behaviour, Fish, Fossils