Scientists Reveal How Octopus Coordinates Its Arms

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Scientists Reveal How Octopus Coordinates Its Arms

The brain of octopus is a lot simpler than that of humans. But until now, researchers have struggled to explain how these cephalopods coordinate their eight arms during complex crawling movements. According to a new study conducted by three Israeli scientists, octopuses move with simple elegance, but the problem behind this kind of movement is “not trivial.”

An octopus’ arms have a mind of their own

Israeli researchers led by Guy Levy of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have revealed the secret of how octopus coordinates its flexible arms while crawling. The animal is bilateral symmetric, which means its right and left sides are mirror images of each other. But the brain doesn’t have to do everything because its arms have a mind of their own.

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