Built to fight: variable loading conditions and stress distribution in stag beetle jaws.

Abstract

Designing very robust structures in an efficient way is a reoccurring challenge in engineering. For male stag beetle weaponry, the solution to this problem was evolved by natural and sexual selection. Stag beetle armature is adapted to perform under extreme circumstances: male stag beetles fight pugnacious battles over females, by using their extremely… (More)
DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/10/4/046006

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