Control and dynamics of animal movement

Biology Letters special feature 2010
Organised by Andrew Biewener and Tom Daniel
FREE TO ACCESS ONLINE

See below for the feature articles, a video podcast and links to other related content.

Control and dynamics of animal movement

Animal locomotion arises from complex interactions among sensory systems, musculo-skeletal dynamics and the interaction of appendages with the environment. These processes produce motions and forces that permit stunning manoeuvres with important ecological and evolutionary consequences. The habitats that animals may exploit, their ability to escape predators or attack prey, their capacity to manoeuvre and turn, or the use of their available energy all depend upon the processes that determine locomotion. This special feature introduces a collection of articles that focus on the control and dynamics of animal movement.

Feature Articles

All the articles in this feature are currently free to access.

Introduction. A moving topic: control and dynamics of animal locomotion
Andrew Biewener and Thomas Daniel

Phenotypic plasticity in juvenile jellyfish medusae facilitates effective animal-fluid interaction
J. C. Nawroth, K. E. Feitl, S. P. Colin, J. H. Costello and J. O. Dabiri

Vortex interactions with flapping wings and fins can be unpredictable
David Lentink, GertJan F. Van Heijst, Florian T. Muijres and Johan L. Van Leeuwen

Utilization of granular solidification during terrestrial locomotion of hatchling sea turtles
Nicole Mazouchova, Nick Gravish, Andrei Savu and Daniel I. Goldman

Organization and physiology of posterior lateral line afferent neurons in larval zebrafish
James C. Liao

Antennal regulation of migratory flight in the neotropical moth Urania fulgens
Sanjay P. Sane, Robert B. Srygley and Robert Dudley

Visual stabilization dynamics are enhanced by standing flight velocity
Jamie C. Theobald, Dario L. Ringach and Mark A. Frye

Behavioural asymmetry affects escape performance in a teleost fish
Marco Dadda, Wouter H. Koolhaas and Paolo Domenici

Two explanations for the compliant running paradox: reduced work of bouncing viscera and increased stability in uneven terrain
Monica A. Daley and James R. Usherwood

Within-wingbeat damping: dynamics of continuous free-flight yaw turns in Manduca sexta
Tyson L. Hedrick and Alice K. Robinson

Dynamics of animal movement in an ecological context: dragonfly wing damage reduces flight performance and predation success
S. A. Combes, J. D. Crall, and S. Mukherjee

Video podcast

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