Animal propulsion a flexible matter

The superior agility of animal movement in comparison to manmade designs is characterised by the flexibility of animal propulsors such as wings, fins and tails.

A team of scientists conducted a study of how 59 species propel themselves through air, water and on land. Each creature was able to bend its means of propulsion within the range of a 30 to 60 degree angle.

By studying the way animal movement has evolved over millions of years, scientists hope to improve the outcomes of human engineering.

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