Interrelationships of crural muscles and tendons in a range of birds

Bennett M.B. (1995) Interrelationships of crural muscles and tendons in a range of birds. Journal of Zoology, 235 1: 33-42.

Author Bennett M.B.
Title Interrelationships of crural muscles and tendons in a range of birds
Journal name Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0952-8369
Publication date 1995-01-01
Year available 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 235
Issue 1
Start page 33
End page 42
Total pages 10
Place of publication OXFORD
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract The crural musculature in 19 species of birds was examined. New data on the mechanical properties of avian tendons showed a mean linear elastic modulus of about 1.3 GPa and failure stress of 74 MPa. Physiological cross-sectional areas were calculated for 12 muscles in each species, together with the cross-sectional areas of their attached tendons. Investigation into potential various sources of error demonstrate this is a robust method for studying muscle-tendon units. The mode for calculated peak tendon stresses was 17.5 MPa. The results were compared to those obtained from mammal limbs by Ker, Alexander and Bennett (1988). It appears that the muscle-tendon units in birds are not as strongly optimized for the minimization of mass as those in the limbs of mammals. This may reflect a compromise between optimization for minimum mass and other functional requirements.
Keyword Mechanical-Properties
Mammalian Tendons
Power Output
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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