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The Strongest Animal on the Planet

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...is also the fastest, and one of the smallest: The 1-millimeter long copepod is, pound for pound, the beefiest beast in the animal kingdom.

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Professor Thomas Kiørboe, from the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua), has discovered that the naturally blind copepod got so proportionally strong — and numerous; there are more copepods than any other species — by running away. According to Kiørboe:

"The copepods' evolutionary success should be seen in relation to their ability to flee from predators. Their escape jump is hugely powerful and effective... They jump at a rate of half a meter per second, and that's within a few thousandths of a second. It shows that copepods — in relation to their size — are more than 10 times as strong as has been previously documented for any other animal or even man-made motors."

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Which means that a comic starring Copepod-Man is just around the corner. Right?

(Via Physorg)

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