The exoskeletal structure and tensile loading behavior of an ant neck joint.


Insects have evolved mechanical form and function over millions of years. Ants, in particular, can lift and carry heavy loads relative to their body mass. Loads are lifted with the mouthparts, transferred through the neck joint to the thorax, and distributed over six legs and tarsi (feet) that anchor to the supporting surface. While previous research has… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.10.053


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