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Bones absorb compression shock: birds

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Synsacrum / Lynette S. / LicenseCC-by-nc - Attribution Non-commercial

The fused pelvic vertebrae, or synsacrum, of a flying bird absorbs compression shock whenever the bird lands at high speed.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"Several features of the bird skeleton are specially designed for life in the air. The pelvic vertebrae are fused into a solid mass of light bone, the synsacrum, which provides support for the independent movement of wings and legs, and absorbs the compression shock that occurs every time a bird lands on its feet at speed." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:39)
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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: Shock absorbing materials for use in vehicles, panels for ships that resist damage from collisions, bicycle helmets.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Transportation, safety

References
Foy, Sally; Oxford Scientific Films. 1982. The Grand Design: Form and Colour in Animals. Lingfield, Surrey, U.K.: BLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London. 238 p.
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