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Re: ELEPHANTS CANNOT EXCEED ~12 MPH!



GSP1954@aol.com wrote:

> For a multi-tonne animal to move at 20-25 mph it would have to be
> galloping!!!! This is predicted by scaling of the trot-gallop transition, and
> by the example of rhinos which gallop at these speeds. Have timed them from
> videos.

Eadweard Muybridge in his 1887 work ANIMAL LOCOMOTION labelled the two
gaits of the elephant as WALK and AMBLE.  They do not gallop.
(Originally an 11 volume set available in shortened form-only 100 of the
781 original plates- available through Dover as ANIMALS IN MOTION.) 

Just a thought-perhaps Greg timed a slow elephant and thus his
calculations would be better if he found a second elephant to correlate
his original findings with.


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