Understanding the Evolution of Sharpness through Viper Fangs

Philip Anderson, Ph.D. and Stephanie Crofts, Ph.D authored a paper dedicated to the study of nature’s vast range of sharp objects as they hope to understand why every major group of organisms has developed the ability to puncture flesh.

Viper fangs were the perfect place to start, says first author and lab leader Philip Anderson, Ph.D., because the “charismatic” animals are already so well studied. By understanding how evolution shaped sharpness we can make human tools better — and...

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