Biomechanics of locomotion in Asian elephants.

@article{Genin2010BiomechanicsOL,
  title={Biomechanics of locomotion in Asian elephants.},
  author={Joakim J. Genin and Patrick A Willems and Giovanni A. Cavagna and Richard Lair and Norman C. Heglund},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={213 5},
  pages={
          694-706
        }
}
Elephants are the biggest living terrestrial animal, weighing up to five tons and measuring up to three metres at the withers. These exceptional dimensions provide certain advantages (e.g. the mass-specific energetic cost of locomotion is decreased) but also disadvantages (e.g. forces are proportional to body volume while supportive tissue strength depends on their cross-sectional area, which makes elephants relatively more fragile than smaller animals). In order to understand better how body… CONTINUE READING

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