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Piranha teeth stun researchers after amazing discovery



Piranhas are notorious for their razor-sharp teeth, but a new study of the dangerous fish has been published.

The research notes that are the fearsome fish, which are omnivores, are able to regenerate rows of teeth simultaneously. The teeth are also interlocked, which makes them act as a single unit, and has been discovered.

"The teeth are a solid battery that is locked together, and they are all lost at one side of the face," said one of the study's co-authors, Adam Summers, in a statement.

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 1 / 1A CT-scanned image of the piranha Serrasalmus medinai. Note the ingested fish fins in its stomach. (University of Washington)

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"I think in a sense we found a solution to a problem that's obvious, but no one had articulated before," Piranhas regenerate teeth.

The scientists used a CT to scan different piranhas to make the observation that it becomes hard to replace SNAKEHEAD FISH DISCOVERED IN GEORGIA, SPARKS WARNING FROM WILDLIFE OFFICIALS: 'KILL IT IMMEDIATELY'

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A CT-scanned image of the piranha serrasalmus medinai. Note the ingested fish fins in its stomach. Credit: University of Washington
      

"With interlocking teeth, the fish has a sharp tooth that can crack a nut or cut through a battery of teeth," said another co-author, Karly Cohen, in the statement.

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