Examines how animals move, comparing running, swimming and flying. In doing so, it examines the common principles of design and movement that animals have evolved to move through very different physical environments. The underlying physiological and biomechanical properties of muscles, skeletons and nervous systems are linked to the mechanisms and control of movement. At the same time, the book articulates the captivating grace, speed, and power of animal movement.
1 Physical and biological properties and principles related to animal movement
2 Muscles and skeletons: the building blocks of animal movement
3 Movement on land
4 Movement in water
5 Movement in air
6 Cell crawling
7 Jumping, climbing and suspensory locomotion
8 Metabolic pathways for fueling locomotion
9 Energy costs of locomotion
10 Neuromuscular control of movement
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