Musculoskeletal modelling of an ostrich (Struthio camelus) pelvic limb: influence of limb orientation on muscular capacity during locomotion

@inproceedings{Hutchinson2015MusculoskeletalMO,
  title={Musculoskeletal modelling of an ostrich (Struthio camelus) pelvic limb: influence of limb orientation on muscular capacity during locomotion},
  author={John R Hutchinson and Jeffery W. Rankin and Jonas Rubenson and Kate H. Rosenbluth and Robert A. Siston and Scott L. Delp and Amir Abbas Zadpoor},
  booktitle={PeerJ},
  year={2015}
}
We developed a three-dimensional, biomechanical computer model of the 36 major pelvic limb muscle groups in an ostrich (Struthio camelus) to investigate muscle function in this, the largest of extant birds and model organism for many studies of locomotor mechanics, body size, anatomy and evolution. Combined with experimental data, we use this model to test two main hypotheses. We first query whether ostriches use limb orientations (joint angles) that optimize the moment-generating capacities of… CONTINUE READING
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