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Animal locomotion

Author: A A Biewener
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Series: Oxford animal biology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Animal Locomotion provides a clear foundation, based on physical biology and bio-mechanics for understanding the underlying mechanisms by which animals have evolved to move in their physical environment. It integrates the biomechanics of animal movement with the physiology of animal energetics and the neural control of locomotion. The author also communicates a sense of the awe and fascination that comes from  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A A Biewener
ISBN: 0198500238 9780198500230 019850022X 9780198500223
OCLC Number: 52145477
Description: xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Physical and biological properties and principles related to animal movement --
Why move? --
Environmental media --
Physics and energetics of movement --
Biomechanics of locomotor support --
Scaling: the importance of size --
Dimensions and units --
Muscles and skeletons: the building blocks of animal movement --
Muscles --
Skeletons --
Movement on land --
Biological wheels: why so few? --
Limbs as propulsors: support and swing phases --
Limb mechanical advantage and joint moments: interaction of limb posture and ground reaction force --
Locomotor gaits --
Maneuverability versus stability --
Stride frequency and stride length versus speed and size --
Mass-spring properties of running --
Froude number and dynamic similarity --
Inferring gait and speed of fossil animals --
Mechanical work: potential and kinetic energy changes during locomotion --
Muscle work versus force economy --
Tendon springs and muscle dampers --
Movement in water --
Thrust and drag --
Inertia, viscosity and Reynolds number --
Steady flow: drag and streamlines --
Swimming fish, mammals and cephalopods: movement at high Reynolds number --
Jet-based fluid propulsion --
Movement at low Reynolds number: the reversibility of flow --
Air-water interface: surface swimming, striding and sailing --
Muscle function and force transmission in swimming --
Movement in air --
Lift, drag and thrust in flight --
Power requirements for steady flight --
Gliding flight --
Flapping flight --
Flight motors and wing anatomy --
Maneuvering during flight --
Unsteady mechanisms.
Series Title: Oxford animal biology series.
Responsibility: Andrew A. Biewener.
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Written by a US physiologist, this book examines the common principles of design and movement that animals have evolved to move through different physical environments. It links the underlying  Read more...

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