Unassuming aquatic snail possesses the strongest teeth on Earth

February 18, 2015 9:30 AM

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Big surprises can come in small, seemingly ordinary packages. So is the case with the humble limpet and its mighty teeth. Researchers in the U.K. find that the teeth of a class of aquatic snails are made of the strongest biological material ever studied.

The name “limpet” is a common name for aquatic snails possessing shells that lack any obvious coiling architecture. All limpets fall into the Gastropoda class of mollusks. Their conical shells are described as “patelliform,” or “dish-shaped.” Limpets live on tidal rocks and feed on algae and sea wee...

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