Electron micrograph of fang of common lancehead
An electron micrograph of the fang of Bothrops atrox, the common lancehead, a pit viper. A team of researchers at the University of Illinois studied which physical characteristics contribute to fangs’ sharpness and ability to puncture.
[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants IOS 1755336 and CMMI 1554326.]
Learn more about this research in the Illinois news story Team measures puncture performance of viper fangs. (Date image taken: April 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 2, 2019)
Credit: Micrograph by Stephanie Crofts; specimen ©Field Museum of Natural History
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