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Researchers Examine Military Applications Of Shrimp 'Fists'

June 26 2012


The complex structure of a shrimp's body may have military uses, say researchers.

Backed by $600,000 from the Air Force, scientists at the University of California, Riverside, are studying the peacock mantis shrimp for possible military protection applications, reports the Navy Times.

The 4-inch shrimp is equipped with bright-orange, fist-like appendages that can smash through clam shells, small fish skulls and even aquarium glass at a velocity of 45 mph (28 mph) with about...

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