Fish, insects, reptiles and wild animals adapt to their surroundings- so why not take some notes from them? Well, that’s just what scientists have done, and now fish, armadillos and lizards are inspiring unique body armor for humans!

Pretty amazing. Researchers at Northeastern University College of Engineering worked to combine the protective qualities of fish scales, flexible qualities of snake scales, and uniquely colored butterfly scales to create a strong and flexible human armor system. They focused on the way these scales function on substrate and used 3D printers to create models of this new armor!

By learning about the ideal rigidity and spacing of scales, scientists are able to maximize efficiency and possibly even improve upon nature’s design. Read more about these advancements here. And take a minute to appreciate the beautiful animals behind these advances!

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