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Tail assisted pitch control in lizards, robots and dinosaurs



Tomorrow in Nature:

Thomas Libby, Talia Y. Moore, Evan Chang-Siu, Deborah Li, Daniel J.
Cohen, Ardian Jusufi & Robert J. Full.
Tail assisted pitch control in lizards, robots and dinosaurs.

doi:10.1038/nature10710

Extract from the summary:

In 1969, a palaeontologist proposed that theropod dinosaurs used their
tails as dynamic stabilizers during rapid or irregular movements,
contributing to their depiction as active and agile predators. (...) A
model Velociraptor mongoliensis supported the initial tail
stabilization hypothesis, showing as it did a greater tail
effectiveness than the Agama lizards. (...)

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