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“Oh man, I just learned a cool trick with the trap-jaw ant.”

“What’s that, evolution?”

“Well, I gave them those huuuuuge snapping mandibles to crush prey, right?”

“Yeah, those seem effective.”

“They’re working great. And I just realized they can help it with predators, too.”

“Really? Aren’t its predators huge?”

“Yeah, but if the ant snaps those big jaws against the ground, it can catapult itself it into the air.”


“Yeah! It just kind of flings itself away from the attacker at great speed.”

“Huh, okay. And what’s going to happen when it comes back down?”

“Oh, come on, I can’t figure everything out.”

Source: Sheila Patek et al., UC Berkeley

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