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What animal's skin was once commonly used as sandpaper?

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Shark skin was once used as sandpaper. It is covered with small bone-like structures that are actually closer to teeth than bone.

May 04 2000, 3:33 AM
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Historically, shark skin has been used as an abrasive and, in Asia, to decorate sword hilts and sheaths. Dried but untanned skin, called shagreen, was once used like fine sandpaper for polishing wood.

The rough scales of the living fossil Coelacanth are used by the natives of Comoros as sandpaper.



Feb 04 2008, 5:06 PM
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