Toe function and dynamic pressure distribution in ostrich locomotion.

  title={Toe function and dynamic pressure distribution in ostrich locomotion.},
  author={Nina Ursula Schaller and Kristiaan D'Ao{\^u}t and Rikk Villa and Bernd Herkner and Peter Aerts},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={214 Pt 7},
The ostrich is highly specialized in terrestrial locomotion and is the only extant bird that is both didactyl and exhibits a permanently elevated metatarsophalangeal joint. This extreme degree of digitigrady provides an excellent opportunity for the study of phalangeal adaptation towards fast, sustained bipedal locomotion. Data were gathered in a semi-natural setting with hand-raised, cooperative specimens. Dynamic pressure distribution, centre of pressure (CoP) trajectory and the positional… CONTINUE READING
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