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October 2, 2019

Researchers studied the puncture performance of viper fangs

University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Stephanie Crofts and animal biology professor Philip Anderson studied the puncture performance of viper fangs. Their research revealed that the angle of a fang’s tip contributed the most to sharpness.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants IOS 1755336 and CMMI 1554326.]

Learn more about this research in the Illinois news story Team measures puncture performance of viper fangs. (Date image taken: April 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 2, 2019)

Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer; specimens ©Field Museum of Natural History FMNH11006 and FMNH238188

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