Using Robotics to Better Understand Ancient Species

Watch this video to see a Carnegie Mellon-led team develop a soft robot to better understand an ancient organism — the pleurocystitid — that existed 450 million years ago. As old to the dinosaurs as the dinosaurs are to us, it’s the first organism that used a muscular stem to push itself forward.

“Our goal is to use Softbotics to bring biological systems back to life, in the sense that we can mimic them to understand how they operated,” said Phil LeDuc , professor of mechanical engineering.