The lizards have gained and lost adhesive toes many times
Who wouldn’t envy the little gecko as it dashes up a smooth wall or hangs from a ceiling by a toe?
An engineer’s dream, gecko feet combine the best of duct tape and Post-It® Notes: They stick, but they don’t stay stuck.
The drive to duplicate gecko feats technologically is a hot area of research. Would-be designers of such a technology should note a new study of geckos’ evolutionary history that could simplify their task immensely. (more…)