Article experimentally quantifies the metabolic cost of transport in Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoises walking on a treadmill while also quantifying the kinematics of their movement. Results found that tortoises move more efficiently than predicted and presents the first data demonstrating a curvilinear cost of transport over their speed range. The authors conclude that tortoises have an optimum speed at which they move to minimise their metabolic cost of locomotion.
July 13, 2022
Ewart, Heather; Tickle, Peter; Nudds, Robert; Sellers, William; Crossley, Dane A., II & Codd, Jonathan
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