Effects of limb mass distribution on mechanical power outputs during quadrupedalism.

@article{Raichlen2006EffectsOL,
  title={Effects of limb mass distribution on mechanical power outputs during quadrupedalism.},
  author={David A. Raichlen},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={209 Pt 4},
  pages={633-44}
}
Many researchers have suggested that cursorial mammals concentrate limb muscle mass proximally to reduce energy costs during locomotion. Although supported by experiments where mass is added to an individual's limbs, mammals with naturally occurring distally heavy limbs such as primates have similar energy costs compared with other mammals. This study presents a new hypothesis to explain how animals with distally heavy limbs maintain low energy costs. Since distal mass should increase energy… CONTINUE READING

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