You can’t squish this ‘iron’ beetle. Now, scientists know why.

Diabolical ironclad beetles are almost unbreakable — you can smack them, stomp on them or run them over with a car, and they’ll scamper away uncrushed.

Now, scientists know why these beetles’ outer wing cases, known as elytra, are so tough — they’re made up of a series of smoothly interlocking puzzle parts; the geometry and internal structure of this “jigsaw” design increase the strength of the beetle’s armor. 

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