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Limpet Teeth Are The Strongest Natural Material

Although the teeth of the limpet are microscopic, they are the strongest natural material scientists have ever discovered. According to findings published in the Royal Society's Journal Interface, the secret to limpet teeth strength is the thinness of its condense mineral fibers. Scientists believe limpets need strong teeth in order to climb onto rocky surfaces as waves crash around them.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The teeth of the limpet may be the strongest natural material ever discovered. 00:04

  2. The strength of limpet teeth is consistent no matter their size. 00:26

  3. Limpet teeth beats spider silk as a stronger natural material. 00:52

Written By Curiosity Staff September 16, 2015