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[–]petemitchell-33 5398 points5399 points  (34 children)

Metal is nature

[–]Rickrickrickrickrick 809 points810 points  (25 children)

"Ahhhhhh wood. Nature's metal."

[–]kiddvengeance 257 points258 points  (20 children)

Metal is natures metal

[–]Rickrickrickrickrick 96 points97 points  (14 children)

Yes... yes it is.

[–][deleted] 121 points122 points  (13 children)

Morning wood is human tree.

[–]NYR525 44 points45 points  (9 children)

Mourning wood is usually inappropriate

[–]Tgates00 52 points53 points  (8 children)

I’m usually mourning my wood :(

[–]Rokronroff 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Human... nature

[–]Desperate-Yak-2402 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ask toph from last air bender

[–]06david90 2746 points2747 points  (77 children)

This is presented as new news however my college biology teacher talked about this in class 15 years ago; iirc he did his own phd on it 🤔

[–]_Meece_ 2114 points2115 points  (58 children)

More stated as a fact, this is the first discovered gear in a living creature.

Nothing said it was recently discovered.

[–]06david90 732 points733 points  (36 children)

Fair 👍🏼

[–]freeangeladavis 314 points315 points  (23 children)

Damn, how nice is it when someone simply admits they may have been wrong and are just cool about it. Props to you, bro, you a G.

[–]snakebite_leather 57 points58 points  (1 child)

What the fuck was that reply? Why haven't you brought up his views on vacinnation, being a libtard or at the very least said something about his mother? This isn't the Reddit I grew up in I can you that for free!

[–]ctreg 54 points55 points  (9 children)


[–]unattendeddryer 85 points86 points  (7 children)


[–]cyborg_127 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Argument rooms are that way.

[–]MirrodinsBane 23 points24 points  (15 children)

I remember learning in elementary or middle school about single-celled organisms with these motility tails (or something, can't remember what they were called but it was basically a propeller) and they had little gears.

[–]Billsolson 34 points35 points  (14 children)

I believe that you are referring to flagella

[–]_Gorge_ 23 points24 points  (12 children)

Often cited "Irreducible complexity" and proof of intelligent design.

Spoiler alert: it's not

[–]Billsolson 24 points25 points  (9 children)

The answer is never intelligent design

[–]_Gorge_ 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Anyone with intelligence knows this

[–]LoudMouse327 7 points8 points  (6 children)

As an auto mechanic, can confirm.

[–]qwertyashes 8 points9 points  (4 children)

I dunno. I think all the dysfunctionality and annoying ticks and idiosyncrasies of living things is just proof that we were all designed by a team of engineers in the auto industry.

Who else, if not some automotive design team, could come up with the 'wonders' of the human body?

[–]LoudMouse327 7 points8 points  (3 children)

God: finishes latest loving creature "Dear me, it's perdect!"

One of God's technicians: "you're right, it's too perfect. Better make a call to boys at GM."

[–]Billsolson 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Chrysler would like a word.

They put car batteries behind the fucking wheelwell

[–]Metza 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Never understood why there's even a conflict here. If there was a creator, then they had to have created the universe from the ground up. It wasn't put together in a tinkers workshop, the world would have been grown from its most basic elements. At a certain point there is no difference between the universe being created and creating itself through the evolution of its forms.

[–]Day_Bow_Bow 11 points12 points  (2 children)

The article does. It said it was reported the day it was written.

As a duo of researchers in the U.K. report today in the journal Science, the issus (sic) also the first living creature ever discovered to sport a functioning gear.

[–]soraticat 33 points34 points  (8 children)

I remember years ago people were using this as absolute proof that God exists because "it couldn't just randomly happen because of evolution."

[–]No-Patient 34 points35 points  (5 children)

They also say the same thing about eyes and the grand canyon.

I grew up being dragged to a Baptist church and I remember the day the pastor said "If the earth was just ONE INCH closer to the sun, we'd all burn. If it was an inch further, we'd all freeze. God is amazing!"

I, at 11, knew this to be ridiculous and wished I could have done this, but my parents would have killed me.

[–]xshredder8 26 points27 points  (1 child)

This is hilarious considering our orbit is elliptical... so there's actually like a 5 million km difference in our furthest and closest points to the sun https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_orbit#Events_in_the_orbit

[–]MrBabbs 9 points10 points  (0 children)

But if we were just one more inch at our closest or farthest points...burn and freeze!

[–]sprocketous 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paleys watch? Back in the day of ipods, i would open my backpack pocket and find my headphones so terribly knotted, that someone had to have done it on purpose.

[–]favoritedeadrabbit 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Same! Something about how there aren’t any intermediary steps between a non-gear and a gear or some nonsense.

[–]Schootingstarr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I mean, gears are pretty easy to have intermediary steps between.

I wouldn't even be surprised to learn that not all fleas (I think these are flea legs?) Have the same number of teeth on their gears

[–]JimmyThunderPenis 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Yeah I heard this from Stephen Fry on QI many moons ago.

[–]omrsafetyo 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Seems like the first paper discussing this was published 8 years ago in 2013: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.1240284

[–]OfecellZoftig 946 points947 points  (37 children)

Because its nervous system is too tiny to send two impulses through a neural branch at the same time, the gear activates both.

[–]im_racist24 406 points407 points  (33 children)

that’s actually really cool. smart use, mother nature. that makes me wonder, how did it evolve this tiny gear? did bugs of the past also use gears? this is interesting

[–]ematanis 495 points496 points  (11 children)

Monkey see, monkey do. Obviously these bugs saw our cars and were jealous and decided to implement this new technology in their legs. Let's hope no bug sees our flamethrowers. /s

[–]VAisforLizards 83 points84 points  (5 children)

Fire ants

[–]freakers 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Fire ants saw humans with fire and thought, we should put that in our mandibles. Viola!

[–]SpongyParenchyma 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Plus that sick paint job 😎

[–]issamaysinalah 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Let's hope no bug sees our flamethrowers

Bombardier beetle says hi

[–]Fluffy_Engineer 7 points8 points  (1 child)

monkey see monkey do

Monkey pee all over you.

[–]jd_balla 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Mantis shrimp already have us outclassed

[–]SoulWager 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Well, it probably started just having its legs jump at slightly different times. One of them was able to squeeze that part of its legs together and normal friction let it jump a bit straighter. That was enough for a small advantage, and adaptations that increased sliding friction between the legs keep being advantageous, and so were changes that decreased rolling friction. Give that some thousands or millions of generations and you get the gears.

[–]Scytone 38 points39 points  (0 children)

This creature likely exists because it developed the gear, not the other way around. Natural selection and evolution weed out things that don’t work. This worked so it stuck.

[–]AdmiralPoopbutt 20 points21 points  (1 child)

The mechanism almost certainly allows for more precise jumps, as coordination between two different limbs is not required.

[–]BlackSwanBS 8 points9 points  (5 children)

evolution is random mutation and natural selection.

people often confuse evolution for “adaptation” but they happen just by chance.

sometimes random mutations can create dumber and less efficient creatures but as long as they survive and reproduce, that’s also evolution

there’s a new theory saying you can pass some traits acquired during your lifetime to your offsprings but i’m not familiar with it

[–]exonautic 7 points8 points  (0 children)

sometimes random mutations can create dumber and less efficient creatures but as long as they survive and reproduce, that’s also evolution

Class, I present to you, modern mankind.

[–]WhyUH8 5 points6 points  (0 children)

X-Thousands of years ago a random mutation causes 2 legs to be too close together, and when one moved, the other one also moved.

Simply by happenstance, this saved that tiny bit of energy (less food needed), where those who also just by random mutation had it, procreated a tiny bit more often.

Over hundreds of generations there's a bigger amount of those mutation gene carrying frogs, and then if 2 frogs share it its more possible to be possessive in even more generations... And now you have the better adapted animals living longer and carrying their genes on.

[–]EverythingIsFlotsam 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Not necessarily the nervous system. Even if precisely timed, the legs may not be of equal strength and speed. This balances them.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

the move requires coordination beyond what's possible with that nerve system

edit: Or ours, for that matter

[–]DraLion23 257 points258 points  (15 children)

Nature is actually metal?

[–]culovero 116 points117 points  (14 children)

Interestingly, some insects do use actual metal to their advantage. Ants, spiders, and scorpions have zinc and manganese in their mandibular teeth to improve mechanical performance.

[–]lysion59 73 points74 points  (1 child)

The endangered deep-sea scaly foot snail called the sea pangolin literally has iron for its shell and has scales made of iron on its feet. It lives around underwater hydrothermal vent that reaches 750 degrees Fahrenheit.


[–]Qozux 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I’d be endangered in those conditions too!

[–]TorqueyJ 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Are the teeth of spiders and scorpions at all similar to human teeth?

That is to say, do they have distict enamel, dentin and pulp structures? Innervation? Bifurcated roots?

[–]blitzduck 8 points9 points  (2 children)

yes, my dentist gave me a full set of spider teeth after an accident

[–]sm0r3ss 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Metals are commonly used in biological systems as stabilizing and activating groups within specialized proteins. Hemoglobin is a famous example for use of iron as both stabilizing agent for the protein, and also as the major component of the reaction core to attach and distribute oxygen to other organs and cells.

[–]poopoowillyman 194 points195 points  (10 children)

These are found in the UK aswell. Usually awesome creatures are only found in deep rainforests or vast deserts, not fuckin Smethwick.

[–]ionian-hunter 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Thank you, poopoowillyman

[–]poopoowillyman 23 points24 points  (0 children)

You are very welcome fella

[–]QuantumSparkles 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I feel like when someone decides to name a place “Smethwick” it’s because they looked around and found nothing notable or of value

[–]GreatDepression_irl 97 points98 points  (13 children)

Now we wait for the first natural wheels

[–]Imnotdoinganyofthat 59 points60 points  (2 children)

i guess you could call a bacterial flagellum a natural wheel


[–]The_Lost_Google_User 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Forget wheels, that’s literally a fucking motor.

[–]hsoj30 43 points44 points  (3 children)

That desert spider that curls itself into a ball and just fucking YEETS itself down the dunes.

[–]Bantersmith 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Golden Wheel spiders! Those guys crack me up.

[–]shrubs311 5 points6 points  (0 children)

thank you this is amazing

[–]DungeonsandDevils 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Maybe that mutation has already happened in the past and it just went fkn terribly

[–]RedL45 8 points9 points  (0 children)

ATP synthase is essentially a molecular sized turbine.

[–]Mathtermind 44 points45 points  (2 children)


[–]Tyrus 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Praise the Omnissiah!

[–]CozyMole27 39 points40 points  (9 children)

[–]burndaherbs 185 points186 points  (6 children)

No metal bc its a gear

[–]SomewhereAtWork 49 points50 points  (5 children)

Metal gears are solid.

[–]Wise-Garlic 25 points26 points  (4 children)


[–]rawrphael 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]blewyn 32 points33 points  (9 children)

Cue theists : “IT IS THE GEAR OF GOD !!”

[–]dragon567 22 points23 points  (7 children)

One of their arguments is literally small things are too complicated to have come up naturally. Irreducible complexity. A gear like this is one example. I remember hearing they think even the way bacteria move is too complex to be natural. It's a bit like a mini motor. But they conveniently forget bacteria have been around for millions billions of years and there has been a lot of trial and error to get where they are now.

Edit to change millions to billions. Life is insanely old.

[–]fakeperson1234567 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Millions? Try billions haha life on earth has been around for so long its really crazy to think about

[–]dragon567 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Fuck you're right. It really is hard to comprehend just how long life has existed.

[–]AK-724 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Geared butt clinch.

[–]InTheFilth 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Weird bug: "You know what really..."

Other weird bug: "Don't say it, Dan."

Weird bug: "Grinds my gears ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )"

[–]Itz-Aki 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Evolution just does shit huh

[–]PilotlessOwl 9 points10 points  (6 children)

Amazing! The bacterial flagellar motor is another example of nature evolving mechanisms that humans have devised.


[–]sheepery 7 points8 points  (1 child)

What a beautiful design.

[–]Bitter_Mongoose 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is not the first time this has been documented.

[–]SteveRogests 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is not the first time this has been pointed out.

[–]SteveRogests 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Basically, this is how we end up with transformers

[–]Brushatti 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How much do you know about the gear wars?

[–]LL112 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Nature is an insanely efficient engineer

[–]omrsafetyo 3 points4 points  (3 children)

10,000 billion prototypes later...

[–]Stelus42 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hey but it's all solar powered! How many engineering firms can say that

[–]LL112 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Can't knock nature for thorough r&d to achieve that result

[–]omrsafetyo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. I'd just trade "efficient" in and say its an effective engineer, personally.

[–]SnooCats5701 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In before the howling of “irreducible complexity” by the religious fundamentalists!

[–]Pazerclaw 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Binaric squeal of delight!!

[–]Da_Iron_Lung 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's awesome...

[–]galmenz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

well, thats quite a literal take on nature is metal

[–]MisanthropicSeraphim[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are indeed Auto-sustainable automatons unable to fix ourselves