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Mantis Shrimp Hammer

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Biologists have discovered a new design feature for shrimp. They found that the peacock mantis shrimp possesses the fastest appendicular striker (quickest arm) in the animal kingdom. This striker is like a crossbow. It possesses a ratchet device that allows the shrimp’s muscles to slowly stretch a powerful paraboloid spring to maximum tension. The shrimp can suddenly release that tension to deliver a lightning-quick hammer blow 9,000 times the force of gravity. Such an amazing structure points to a supernatural Creator.

S. N. Patek, W. L. Korff, and R. L. Caldwell, “Deadly Shrimp Mechanism of Mantis Shrimp,” Nature, 428 (2004), p. 819. cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/nature/journal/v428/n6985/abs/nature428819a _fs.html

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Subjects: Life Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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