Incredible Fish Armor Could Suit Soldiers

Posted on July 30, 2008 

Incredible Fish Armor Could Suit Soldiers

African fish that have trolled for prey in murky freshwater pools for nearly 100 million years sport the best of the best in body armor. Now a team of engineers has dissected the aquatic armor, figuring out how it works in an effort to suit up future soldiers.

The armor of the fish, Polypterus senegalus, is so effective because it is a composite of several materials lined up in a certain way, the engineers state in a their analysis detailed in the July 27 issue of the journal Nature Materials.

“Such fundamental knowledge holds great potential for the development of improved biologically inspired structural materials,” said lead MIT researcher Christine Ortiz, “for example soldier, first-responder and military vehicle armor applications.”


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