How the seahorse gained its shapely body

时间:2019-03-07 06:20:04166网络整理admin

IT IS easy to forget that the seahorse is a fish. With its equine head, pot belly and prehensile tail, it rivals the platypus in its peculiarity. But the seahorse’s form is not just for show: its arched neck acts like a spring that stores energy, ensuring it is ready to strike when it spots a meal. Biologist Sam Van Wassenbergh at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and colleagues created mathematical models based on the body shape of seahorses and their straight-bodied cousins,