Bone-free: soft mechanics for adaptive locomotion.

  title={Bone-free: soft mechanics for adaptive locomotion.},
  author={Barry A. Trimmer and Huai-Ti Lin},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={54 6},
Muscular hydrostats (such as mollusks), and fluid-filled animals (such as annelids), can exploit their constant-volume tissues to transfer forces and displacements in predictable ways, much as articulated animals use hinges and levers. Although larval insects contain pressurized fluids, they also have internal air tubes that are compressible and, as a result, they have more uncontrolled degrees of freedom. Therefore, the mechanisms by which larval insects control their movements are expected to… CONTINUE READING
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