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|Pattern type||Strict still life|
|Number of cells||7|
|Discovered by||JHC group|
|Year of discovery||1970|
Loaf is the third most common still life in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being about a third as common as beehive but only slightly more common than boat. It is also the fifth most common object on Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue. It is the most common 7-bit still life, being more common than the long boat.
A loaf has a partial eater property: certain collisions can destroy the upper rightmost two cells (in the orientation shown in the picture), after which the remainder of the pattern will evolve into a new loaf, flipped 180°. Eater 3 is an actual eater making use of this reaction.