External forces and torques generated by the brachiating white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar).

  title={External forces and torques generated by the brachiating white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar).},
  author={Yvonne S. H. Chang and John E. A. Bertram and David V. Lee},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={113 2},
We compared the kinetics of brachiation to bipedal walking and running. Gibbons use pectoral limbs in continuous contact with their overhead support at slow speeds, but exhibit aerial phases (or ricochetal brachiation) at faster speeds. This basic interaction between limb and support suggests some analogy to walking and running. We quantified the forces in three axes and torque about the vertical axis generated by a brachiating White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) and compared them with bipedal… CONTINUE READING

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