The Trap-Jaw Ants
I found a very nice article in BBC News, Science/Nature section, about trap-jaw ants. The first paragraph said: “Trap-jaw ants bite with a force of over 300 times their own bodyweight…,” Grab your calculator, mate! If we assume a human averages 70 kg is designed by nature like ant, then the power of his jaw is:
Jaw clamping force = 300 x 70 kg = 21,000 kg.
If we assume an average city car fully loaded with fuel and passengers is about 1,500 kg, then the number of cars which can be lifted by a stroke of this jaw is:
Number of cars = 21,000 kg / 1,500 kg = 14 cars.
A really powerful lightweight structure created by nature :).
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