Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Fun-Fact: Insect With Interlocking Functional Gears

Contrary to popular belief, Gears used in clocks, cars and mechanical do-dads did not originate as a man-made invention after all... In fact, interlocking gear systems were discovered in a plant-hopping insect called the Issus Coleoptratus
The gears in this insect help synchronize the hind legs when it jumps. 
Researcher/Professor at the University of Cambridge in the UK, Malcom Burrows states: 
"To the best of my knowledge, it's the first demonstration of functioning gears in any animal"

via livescience

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