Locomotory stresses in the limb bones of two small mammals: the ground squirrel and chipmunk.

@article{Biewener1983LocomotorySI,
  title={Locomotory stresses in the limb bones of two small mammals: the ground squirrel and chipmunk.},
  author={Andrew A. Biewener},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1983},
  volume={103},
  pages={131-54}
}
Peak stresses acting in limb bones should increase with increasing size if the forces acting on the bones increase in direct proportion to the animal's body weight. This is a direct consequence of the scaling of limb bone geometry over a wide range in size in mammals. In addition, recent work has shown that the material strength of bone is similar in large and small animals. If the assumptions in this analysis are correct, large animals would have a lower safety factor to failure than small… CONTINUE READING

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