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Nature., 1998; 394(6695): 721-3

Locomotion. Just skip it

Year: 1998

Farley CT

Abstract

When four-legged animals want to move quickly they gallop -- a gait that was thought to have no equivalent in humans. But a new paper shows that skipping in humans is biomechanically similar to galloping. In both cases, pendulums and springs collaborate to conserve mechanical energy.

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