Wednesday, June 18, 2014

As part of a $570,085 grant, UI researchers examine gecko toe pads for clues on their evolution, next steps in adhesive product innovations

Gecko toe pads are being recreated in 3-D simulations by researchers at the University of Idaho who want to discover how some geckos have evolved to become strong enough to hold more than 100 times their own body weight - by a single toe.

Geckos are the oldest living group of lizards, more than 200 million years old, and currently consist of more than 1,400 different species, said Travis Hagey, postdoctoral researcher at the UI. Geckos reside on every continent but Antarctica, and each species has adapted a range of traits to survive in their environments, he said.

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