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      Biomechanical approaches to eurypterid cuticles and chelicerate exoskeletons

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          Microstructural features of eurypterid cuticles are analysed from a biomechanical viewpoint: some fibrous elements are now considered to resemble the macrofibres of extant arthropod cuticles; possible preferred orientation zones in Mycteropsare related to directional stresses; pore canals are not viewed as acting as crack-stoppers but laminae ( sensuDennell 1978) may have served this function. Could some eurypterids have walked on land?—this problem is approached by using extant Limulusas a model. It leads on to the use of scaling exponents to determine the limits that possessing an exoskeleton places on the size of land arthropods: moulting may be the limiting factor. Possible critical factors limiting the size of aquatic arthropods are discussed briefly.

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          Biology of the Arthropod Cuticle

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            Scaling of Supportive Tissue Mass

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              Material properties of arthropod cuticles: The arthrodial membranes

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                Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences
                Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences
                Cambridge University Press (CUP)
                0263-5933
                1473-7116
                1985
                November 2011
                : 76
                : 2-3
                : 359-364
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                10.1017/S0263593300010567
                5a073383-345b-40f4-9b7a-9b6665a95d2a
                © 1985
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