Moving cheaply: energetics of walking in the African elephant.

  title={Moving cheaply: energetics of walking in the African elephant.},
  author={V A Langman and Thomas J Roberts and James Black and Geoffrey Moriaso Ole Maloiy and Norman C. Heglund and Jakob M Weber and Rodger Kram and C. Richard Taylor},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={198 Pt 3},
Large animals have a much better fuel economy than small ones, both when they rest and when they run. At rest, each gram of tissue of the largest land animal, the African elephant, consumes metabolic energy at 1/20 the rate of a mouse; using existing allometric relationships, we calculate that it should be able to carry 1 g of its tissue (or a load) for 1… CONTINUE READING