Data from: The influence of cactus spine surface structure on puncture performance and anchoring ability is tuned for ecology

Stephanie B. Crofts, Philip S.L. Anderson & P. S. L. Anderson
Spines are common morphological features found in almost all major biological groups offering an opportunity to explore large-scale evolutionary convergence across disparate clades. As an example, opuntioid cacti have spines with barbed ornamentation that is remarkably similar in form and scale to that found on porcupine quills, suggesting specific biomechanical convergence across the animal and plant kingdoms. While the mechanics of porcupine quills as defensive mechanisms has been previously tested, the mechanics of cacti spines...
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