Biomimicry is as old as our species, but is a relatively new focus of science that uses nature's patterns, processes, and structures to help innovate and invent new technologies and management strategies. Biomimicry looks to create a more sustainable way of living by mimicking useful attributes of various unique creatures and specialized ecosystem features and functions around the world.
Research and development in this field capitalizes on the billions of years of evolution on Earth. It seeks to harness nature's bounty without destroying it for the benefit of sustaining human civilizations and contributing to prosperity for the long haul.
Many technologies have been mimicked from nature, including new glues, display technologies, architecture, fabrication, medicines, bridges, nano-engineering, bullet proof vests, as well as, farming and grazing management and much more.
The benefits of biomimicry may be endless, given the amount of biodiversity on the planet (though that is rapidly declining), that offers us examples on how to improve existing technology, as well as, create new technologies and solutions to old problems.
(CC Image of Phyllotaxy Towers by Saleh Masoumi (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)