A New Shape Has Been Discovered & We Didn't Even Know This Could Happen?!

Can you discover a shape?!

A New Shape Has Been Discovered & We Didn't Even Know This Could Happen?! Simon & Schuster / Victoria Justice Giphy

Did you know that it's possible to DISCOVER a shape? Neither did we... but apparently it's a thing!

According to a paper published in the journal Nature, scientists have discovered a brand new shape that apparently, no one else discovered when they were drawing as a child (because let's face it, that's when we're at our most creative... shapes wise).

The shape is called a "scutoid", which is a kind of warped prism that allows epithelial cells to form complex, curved forms.

It's defined in the paper as a prism with a five-sided shape on one end, a six-sided shape opposite, and one triangular side on the long edges.

Like this:

Image: Nature Journal

Researchers at the Department of Cellular Biology at the University of Seville and Seville Institute of Biomedicine initially found the shape after doing mathematical modelling to find the most efficient shapes to pack together flat surfaces or curves.

The name "scutoid" was derived from the scutellum of a beetle, because of a resemblance they apparently share...

Image: Nature Journal

So, there's that for you!

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