Pitch then power: limitations to acceleration in quadrupeds

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Rapid acceleration and deceleration are vital for survival in many predator and prey animals and are important attributes of animal and human athletes. Adaptations for acceleration and deceleration are therefore likely to experience strong selective pressures--both natural and artificial. Here, we explore the mechanical and physiological constraints to… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0360

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