Monday, 18 September 2017

How tails help geckos and other vertebrates make great strides

Study highlights role of tail movement in locomotion
Date: September 7, 2017
Source: University of California - Riverside
Summary:
A wagging tail is often associated with dogs' emotions, but the side-to-side motion may also help them take longer strides and move faster, according to a study. The research was done on leopard geckos, which are ideal animals for the study of tail function because they naturally lose their tails as a defense mechanism against predators in a process called autotomy.

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