Part of series: –
Designed in: 2016
To be produced in: 2017
Material: multicolor composite 3D print
Print height: 50 cm
Edition: 8 unique pieces
Extra: This design is inspired by an older piece from 2010-2013.
Armadillos are often used in the study of leprosy, since they are among the few known species that can contract the disease systemically. Humans can acquire a leprosy infection from armadillos by handling them or consuming armadillo meat. The nine-banded armadillo also serves science through its unusual reproductive system, in which four genetically identical offspring are born, the result of one original egg. Because they are always genetically identical, the group of four young provide a good subject for scientific, behavioral, or medical tests that need consistent biological and genetic makeup in the test subjects. Armadillos are common road kill due to their habit of jumping 3–4 feet vertically when startled, which puts them into collision with the underside of vehicles.