Mechanical Engineers marvel at the ability of a common ant to lift weights many times heavier than its own body.To understand this ability, engineers at Ohio State University, U.S.A.,reverse engineered some of the ant's anatomy, physical properties, and mechanical functions by means of the computer models. The models were created using X-ray cross sectional images and simulations of the forces an ant generates when carrying loads.
A critical part of the ant's anatomy is its neck, which has to bear the full weight of loads grasped in its mouth. Soft tissues within the ants neck bind with the stiff exoskeleton of its body and head in a manner that mimics the interlocking of fingers in folded hands.
Researchers hope that a clear grasp of how the ant's neck functions will contribute to advancements in the design of man made robotics mechanisms.
What do you think ?Did the ant's neck with its complex and highly integrated mechanical systems evolve? Or was it designed? Try and share your comments on how powerful the ant's neck is.