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A general law for animal locomotion?

Hedenström, Anders LU (2004) In Trends in Ecology & Evolution 19(5). p.217-219
Abstract
The propulsion system of animals that fly or swim are quite different from each other in their morphology and function, yet the propulsive efficiency could be maximized by a surprising similarity in the fine tuning of flapping frequency, amplitude and forward speed, according to a new study by Taylor et A This conclusion was based on an analysis of the Strouhal number, which is a dynamic similarity index relevant to propulsion that relies on vortex shedding for thrust generation. Such fine-tuning of the propulsive system suggests possible consequences for physiological and ecological adaptations related to, for example muscle operating frequency and optimal speed of muscle contraction.
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10.1016/j.tree.2004.02.005
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  abstract     = {The propulsion system of animals that fly or swim are quite different from each other in their morphology and function, yet the propulsive efficiency could be maximized by a surprising similarity in the fine tuning of flapping frequency, amplitude and forward speed, according to a new study by Taylor et A This conclusion was based on an analysis of the Strouhal number, which is a dynamic similarity index relevant to propulsion that relies on vortex shedding for thrust generation. Such fine-tuning of the propulsive system suggests possible consequences for physiological and ecological adaptations related to, for example muscle operating frequency and optimal speed of muscle contraction.},
  author       = {Hedenström, Anders},
  issn         = {1872-8383},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {217--219},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Trends in Ecology & Evolution},
  title        = {A general law for animal locomotion?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2004.02.005},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2004},
}