Predicting the energy cost of terrestrial locomotion: a test of the LiMb model in humans and quadrupeds.

@article{Pontzer2007PredictingTE,
  title={Predicting the energy cost of terrestrial locomotion: a test of the LiMb model in humans and quadrupeds.},
  author={Herman Pontzer},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={210 Pt 3},
  pages={484-94}
}
The energy cost of terrestrial locomotion has been linked to the muscle forces generated to support body weight and swing the limbs. The LiMb model predicts these forces, and hence locomotor cost, as a function of limb length and basic kinematic variables. Here, I test this model in humans, goats and dogs in order to assess the performance of the LiMb model in predicting locomotor cost for bipeds and quadrupeds. Model predictions were compared to observed locomotor cost, measured via oxygen… CONTINUE READING

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