The dynamics of hylobatid bipedalism: evidence for an energy-saving mechanism?

@article{Vereecke2006TheDO,
  title={The dynamics of hylobatid bipedalism: evidence for an energy-saving mechanism?},
  author={Evie E Vereecke and Kristiaan D'Ao{\^u}t and Peter Aerts},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={209 Pt 15},
  pages={2829-38}
}
When gibbons travel through the forest canopy, brachiation is alternated with short bipedal bouts over horizontal boughs. We know, from previous research, that brachiation is a very efficient locomotor mode that makes use of a pendulum-like exchange of energy, but to date, nothing is known about the dynamics of hylobatid bipedalism. We wondered if gibbons also make use of an efficient gait mechanism during bipedal locomotion. To investigate this, we calculated oscillations of the centre of mass… CONTINUE READING