Evolution and Origami

I’m currently making my way through BBC’s David Attenborough narrated series Life in the Undergrowth, which is all about insects. First of all, although now it seems patently obvious, the first episode really helps you see how the first insects must have shared an ancestor with todays crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and so on.

I’m on the second episode now, which is about winged insects, and was flabbergasted by this one beetle that folds its one pair of wings under the protective armor of the other pair:

This immediately reminded me of this equally ridiculous video about origami from TED. The presenter, Robert Lang, talks about how recently math and computers were been used to revolutionize the origami world, to a ridiculous degree. We’re talking 1,000 scale rattlesnake from one uncut square piece of paper. Check it out below:


About dontdontoperate

28 year old originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. H.B.Sc. from UofT with a major in chemistry and a double minor in philosophy and math. M.Sc. from UofT in physiology and neuroscience. Finished my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at McMaster in the fall of 2013.
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