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Rejoice in unexpected gifts from parrots and butterflies
Author(s): Akhlesh Lakhtakia
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Paper Abstract

New biological structures usually evolve from gradual modifications of old structures. Sometimes, biological structures contain hidden features, possibly vestigial. In addition to learning about functionalities, mechanisms, and structures readily apparent in nature, one must be alive to hidden features that could be useful. This aspect of engineered biomimicry is exemplified by two optical structures of psittacine and lepidopteran provenances. In both examples, a schemochrome is hidden by pigments.

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Date Published: 22 April 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9797, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016, 97970K (22 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2217456
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Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9797:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016
Raúl J. Martín-Palma; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mato Knez, Editor(s)

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