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Dinosaur Eel May Lead to Better Body Armor

Meet the Senegal birchir aka the dinosaur eel. This amazing African fish has a unique scale physiology that teach scientists how to design better body armors:

Long and skinny and of ancient heritage, the 40-centimetre-long predator has multiple layers of scales that first dissipate the energy of a strike, then protect against any penetration to the soft tissues below and finally limit any damage to the shield to the immediate area surrounding the assault. [...]

COSMOS magazine has more: Link - via Scribal Terror


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I have one of these fish. The actual name is Senegal Bichir. They are really cool. They have ganoid scales, which are similar to snake scales and they can breathe air! Google or Wiki "Polypterus senegalus" (their scientific name) for more info.
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