Biomechanics and allometric scaling in primate locomotion and morphology.

  title={Biomechanics and allometric scaling in primate locomotion and morphology.},
  author={Brigitte Demes and Michael G{\"u}nther},
  journal={Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology},
  volume={53 1-4},
Body size has a dominant influence on locomotor performance and the morphology of the locomotor apparatus. In locomotion under the influence of gravity, body mass acts as weight force and is a mechanical variable. Accordingly, the application of biomechanical principles and methods allows a functional understanding of scaling effects in locomotion. This is demonstrated here using leaping primates as an example. With increasing body size, the decreasing ratio of muscle force available for… CONTINUE READING

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