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Scales provide flexible, strong protection: pangolin


Pangolin, Manis temminckii / Masteraah / LicensePD - Public Domain

Scales of pangolins provide flexibility yet strong protection by overlapping like roof shingles.

"Without teeth and without any turn of speed, the pangolin has to be well protected. It has an armour of horny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. At the slightest danger the animal tucks its head into its stomach and wraps itself into a ball with its muscular tail clasped tight around it. In my experience, there is no way in which a pangolin, once rolled, can be forced to unwind." (Attenborough 1979:228)
About the inspiring organism
Med_pangolin Manis

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Protective packaging, flexible roofing or wall materials.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, manufacturing

Attenborough, David. 1979. Life on Earth. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company. 319 p.
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