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Skeletal construction provides shock absorption: cats

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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.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"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)
About the inspiring organism
Felidae
Felidae

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


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

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