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Meet the diabolical ironclad beetle, which can survive being run over by a car – CBS News

The beetle can withstand a force of about 39,000 times its body weight — the equivalent of a 200-pound man enduring the weight of 7.8 million pounds.

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Scientists are unraveling the mystery of a bug with one of the coolest names in the animal kingdom: the diabolical ironclad beetle. 
Phloeodes diabolicus has one of the toughest natural exoskeletons scientists have ever seen. According to research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the insect’s armor is so durable, few predators have successfully made a meal out of it — and it can even survive getting run over by a car.
This is a bug that scientists famously need to drill a hole into before…

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