How Are the Fish Biting?
11:20 AM --
The Times Online Website brings us today's fish story:
A prehistoric Jaws that terrorised the oceans 400 million years ago had the most powerful bite of any creature yet known, scientists have discovered.
The ancient sea monster, known as Dunkleosteus terrelli, could bring its fangs together with a force of almost 5,000kg (11,000lb), making it almost four times more powerful than Tyrannosaurus rex.
Its jaws were arranged so that the bite force would have been focused into a small area around the tip of its front fangs, producing a remarkable pressure of 5,600 kg per sq cm (80,000lb per sq in).
But here's the key comparison, which, one can only assume, reflects the author's own personal predilections:
The pressure generated by a 10st (63kg) woman standing on her husband’s toe while wearing a stiletto heel of 0.5cm area would be about 127 kg/sq cm, or 1,800 lb/sq in.
A woman weighing ten stone can exert up to 1,800 pounds per square inch per stiletto — 45 such women would be equal to the tooth of a Dunkleosteus.
That, and Brits are just plain weird.
— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading