Thursday, March 31, 2005

they didn't think these legs could walk

Ever since (in 1999?) my friend Annie Murdock made me my pointy fur (fake) hat with curtain tassels, I've been known as Squid Boy among certain friends.

I've cultivated a certain interest in squid and octopi, so this article and video of an octopus walking on the sea floor caught my attention.
Bipedal locomotion was thought to require muscle pulling against hard skeleton. But the octopuses walk using opposing muscle movements, a technique the researchers think requires little brain control.

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