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Elephants run, in Nature
A short report by Hutchinson and colleagues, concerning their study of
modern animal locomotion (in this case, _Elephas maximus_). It turns out
that elephants DO run, at least under a biomechanical point of view: that
is, while moving quickly they engage in locomotion in which the center of
mass is lowest at mid-stance (not highest, as in walking gaits). Elephants
thus are running under the biomechanical definition, even if they don't have
a suspended phase.
Incidentally, they clocked their elephants at up to 6.8 m/s (25 km/h).
Hutchinson, J.R., Famini, D., Lair, R. & Dram, R. 2003. Are fast-moving
elephants running? Nature, 422:493 - 494.
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