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Christie Strawser Date Submittal: 4/15/08 Headline News 3 Date Due: 4/15/08 Dainty Chomp Komodo dragons are a type of monitor lizard found in central Indonesia and can grow to 10 feet and weigh nearly 160 pounds. They are mainly scavengers eating mostly carrion, which are already dead or dying animals. They will also ambush large prey using great stealth. The article states that they can take down an animal as large as a water buffalo. A group of scientists explored why exactly this animal is so deadly when they have such a “wimpy bite”(Live Science). Stephen Wroe and Karen Moreno, biologists at the University of New South Wales, built a model of its head and throat with the same software used to analyze forces in automobiles. They found that its skull is lightweight and space frame and his bite has little force. However, he is armed with “wickedly sharp teeth” and a “unique hold an pull technique”(Live Science). The delicate skull of the komodo is unique among most large prey specialists.
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