- Hagfish Houdinis: biomechanics and behavior of squeezing through small openings
Summary: Hagfishes use a variety of techniques to squeeze through tight spaces, which is relevant to their ecological roles as burrowers and scavengers.
- Modular control during incline and level walking in humans
Summary: Differences in muscle synergies during incline and level walking provide further evidence of the flexible use of a consistent set of neural elements in human neuromuscular control.
- Living in flowing water increases resistance to ultraviolet B radiation
Highlighted Article: Increased physical activity increases antioxidant defence mechanisms and thereby reduces oxidative stress and increases resilience to the negative effects of UV-B radiation, so that locomotor performance can be maintained in environments exposed to solar radiation.
- Differences in mobility at the range edge of an expanding invasive population of Xenopus laevis in the west of France
Summary: The edge of an expanding population is characterized by an increase in locomotor stamina and limb dimensions in an invasive and largely aquatic frog.
- Comparative locomotor costs of domestic dogs reveal energetic economy of wolf-like breeds
Summary: Northern breed dogs have lower locomotor transport costs than other breeds, in part due to an energy-saving morphological mechanism retained from their highly cursorial progenitor, the gray wolf.
- Speed-dependent interplay between local pattern-generating activity and sensory signals during walking in Drosophila
Summary: Leg amputation in fruit flies reveals that during walking inter-leg coordination strength increases with walking speed, thereby facilitating strict coordination during fast locomotion.
- The role of plantigrady and heel-strike in the mechanics and energetics of human walking with implications for the evolution of the human foot