Insect mandibles—comparative mechanical properties and links with metal incorporation

  title={Insect mandibles—comparative mechanical properties and links with metal incorporation},
  author={Bronwen W. Cribb and Aaron B Stewart and Han Huang and Rowan W Truss and Barry Noller and Ronald Rasch and Myron Zalucki},
A number of arthropod taxa contain metals in their mandibles (jaws), such as zinc, manganese, iron, and calcium. The occurrence of zinc and its co-located halogen chlorine have been studied in relation to the mechanical properties and shown to be linked in a direct fashion with increasing concentration. Hardness along with elastic modulus (stiffness) has also been linked to zinc and halogen concentration in some marine polychaete worms. The metal appears to be incorporated within the biological… CONTINUE READING
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