Livescience.com/ September 13, 2013, 10:31 AM
Creature with interlocking gears on legs discovered
The intermeshing gears on the hind legs of a planthopper insect are shown in this scanning electron micrograph image. / Image courtesy of Malcolm Burrows
A species of plant-hopping insect, Issus coleoptratus, is the first living creature known to possess functional gears, a new study finds. The two interlocking gears on the insect's hind legs help synchronize the legs when the animal jumps.
"To the best of my knowledge, it's the first demonstration of functioning gears in any animal," said study researcher Malcolm Burrows, an emeritus professor of neurobiology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom....continue with entire article
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