Scaling of elastic strain energy in kangaroos and the benefits of being big.

Abstract

Large kangaroos are unique among mammals in their ability to uncouple aerobic metabolic energy costs from the speed of locomotion, making hopping an economical gait. During the first half of the ground-contact phase, kinetic energy lost from the body is stored as elastic strain energy, predominantly in the hind limbs. The subsequent recoil returns kinetic… (More)

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@article{Bennett1995ScalingOE, title={Scaling of elastic strain energy in kangaroos and the benefits of being big.}, author={Murray Bennett and G Clay Taylor}, journal={Nature}, year={1995}, volume={378 6552}, pages={56-9} }