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Functional consequences of convergently evolved microscopic skin features on snake locomotion

Dr. Tai-De Li recently invested the roles of microscopic skin textures of snakes on their mode of locomotion along the evolution process. By combining atomic force microscopy measurements with mathematical modeling, they were able to predict links between microscopic surface textures and locomotor performance. This work provides fundamental biomechanics insights that may be informative for design of components for soft robotics.

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