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Ultimate Muscle Flexibility: Octopuses and Human tongues

  • Wurstküche 625 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

Jean Alupay, PhD


Octopuses are very flexible animals, lacking any hard parts to provide structural support. Instead, their body is supported and powered to move by a structure called a muscular hydrostat. The system of muscular hydrostats found in octopuses give them the ability to do a variety of things like lose and regenerate arms as well as to interact adaptively with their environment. As a result, octopus have become a model system of study for robotics and used for comparison with similar biological structures, like the human tongue, which is also composed of a muscular hydrostat.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Alupay is a marine biologist in the linguistics department at USC.