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Arapaima armor consists of staggered layers of flexible scales made from layers of collagen and sealed in a mineralized cover, Meyers and his team found.

Shells, exoskeletons, scales—it makes us wonder about these real-life super suits. The tough outer layer prevents predators from biting through the scales, and the collagen has enough give to allow for ificant impact before breaking. And then have a coffee and cake to calm yourself down afterwards. View Images Ironclad beetles are so tough that engineers have studied them to build better military vehicles for combat zones. Cladograms have been in massive flux in the past 20 years.

So, this is the pink fairy armadillo's family tree - also known as the Xenarthra cladogram based on genetic analysis, e. That happened inbut for some inexplicable reason, the story started making the rounds again Thursday. And when the scales bulletprlof crack, the cracks are directed away from the underlying soft tissue.

Learn about why insect populations are plummeting. A little guy like this one couldn't hurt anyone Having spent a lot of time in the newly re-opened Zoology MuseumI have recently been looking at Armadillos. And it did: Reuters and CBC both covered the accident when it happened over two years ago, and CBC's original tweet with the story has buletproof over 16, retweets since.

Their compression-resistant exoskeletons also bullftproof prevent dehydration by providing the ability to collect, transport, and store water. CNN It was the shot heard round the world.

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When a pangolin feels threatened, it rolls into a ball, using its scales as tough outer armor. The sheriff in Cass County, Texas, said they never found the animal after the incident.

With those s, there's still a chance that the little guy is still out there. But do we ever really need a reason? Just how strong are they? And the protein—the "mortar"—allows the plates to slide so the shell can absorb impact without shattering.

But the short answer is no, armadillos aren't bullet proof, but also a 9mm handgun armarillo a wimpy gun whose bullets will ricochet in a hilarious random way! A bullet ricochets off an armadillo and hits the shooter.

Texas man injured as bullet ricochets off armadillo

Except, perhaps, for some animals who make bullletproof own. Nine-banded armadillos are the only armadillo species found in the United States out of about 20, according to the National Wildlife Federationand they typically live for 7 to 20 years. Meyers began studying animal as models for armor development 20 years ago for the U. Ironclad Beetles The ironclad beetle of the southwestern U.

This is all so new because inferred anatomy relationships have given way to genetic analysiswhich helps tease apart confusing similarities due to convergent evolution. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

Some parts of the internet apparently just didn't hear it until two years later. Continue Reading.

From piranha-proof fish to pangolins, meet the creatures that are literally tougher than nails.

It's unclear why. But it is cute as hell and is smaller than a mole!

Their shells are made of bony plates called osteoderms that grow in the skin. The abalone makes numerous layers of calcium carbonate chalk plates, one-two hundredths the width a human hair and bound with a glue-like protein.

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The teeth can make it through one layer, but arapaimas have an average of three layers. Bulletpproof tough exoskeleton and flexible legs of the ironclad beetle served as inspiration for defense contractor BAE Systems as it was developing suspension systems that would make military vehicles more able to withstand blast damage. But a badass bulletproof armadillo firing the bullet right back? The great thing about the new zoology museum is the massive blatant use of cladograms - those family tree of life diagrams telling you how everything evolved from other things.

Now that's the kind of gun show that goes viral. The material proved to be 70 percent more puncture-resistant than a continuous plate of the same thickness. Slater et. If you find that statement controversial, please refer here and here. One post, from sports journalist Spencer Hall, came with a grave warning that this could be a of the Armadillo Uprising.

When threatened, some species yank their legs and antennae into special grooves in their shell, leaving frustrated predators outside their fortress of super tough solitude. It takes bulletproog drill or hammer to get through these hard bodies.

Photograph by Frans Lanting, Nat Geo Image Collection Their scales, made of keratin, are lightweight but surprisingly fracture-resistant bulletporof to the way the keratin is organized. Think of their armor more like a hard-shelled suitcase than a bulletproof vest. And as the armadillos sit next to the marsupials, which are full of labels like:.

A bullet ricochets off an armadillo and hits the shooter. two years later, twitter goes nuts

Googling them, I see one of the commonly asked questions is "Are armadillos bullet-proof? A man in Texas was hit in the face with a bullet from his own gun.

But if a predator like a dog or raptor does get to them, they can still pretty easily break the shell. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark Their thick exoskeletons are made of chitin, a polysaccharide, arranged such that one species, the diabolical ironclad beetle, can be run over by a car and still survive.

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Men firing their guns in Texas are nothing new. View Images Pangolins, like this black bellied pangolin in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are the only known mammals with scales. The shot was initially aimed at an armadillo, before the bullet ricocheted off its hard shell and struck the shooter instead. These tough yet flexible scales provide yet another inspiration to engineers looking bulletpoof develop better armor.