Evidence for a vertebrate catapult: elastic energy storage in the plantaris tendon during frog jumping.

@article{Astley2012EvidenceFA,
  title={Evidence for a vertebrate catapult: elastic energy storage in the plantaris tendon during frog jumping.},
  author={Henry C. Astley and Thomas J Roberts},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={386-9}
}
Anuran jumping is one of the most powerful accelerations in vertebrate locomotion. Several species are hypothesized to use a catapult-like mechanism to store and rapidly release elastic energy, producing power outputs far beyond the capability of muscle. Most evidence for this mechanism comes from measurements of whole-body power output; the decoupling of joint motion and muscle shortening expected in a catapult-like mechanism has not been demonstrated. We used high-speed marker-based biplanar… CONTINUE READING
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