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  • Scientists discover spring-loaded mechanism in unusual species of trap-jaw ant

    Myrmoteras trap-jaw ants can snap their jaws closed at speeds up to 50 mph.

    Photo by Steven O. Shattuck

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  • Editor’s notes:                                                                                       
    To reach Andrew Suarez, call 217-390-1407; email suarez2@illinois.edu.
    The paper “Performance, morphology and control of power-amplified mandibles in the trap-jaw ant Myrmoteras” is available from the U. of I. News Bureau.
    DOI: 10.1242/jeb.156513