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Skeletal construction provides shock absorption: cats


Cheetah in full run / Jason Bechte.. / LicenseCC-by-nc - Attribution Non-commercial

The skeleton of a cat allows it to absorb shocks to its forelimbs because it has no direct skeletal connection between its collarbone and vertebral column.

"Cats have no direct skeletal connection through a collarbone between the bones of their forelimbs (pectoral girdle) and those of their vertebral columns. In effect, they have shock-mounted forelimbs, which cushion a landing after a jump. None of these schemes reduce the extremes of velocity one bit; what they reduce are the velocity gradients." (Vogel 2003:77)
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Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Bumpers for buses and trains, guard rails, cables for industrial equipment and pumps, ergonomic equipment.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Transportation, industrial engineering, ergonomics

Steven Vogel. 2003. Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 580 p.
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