Preferred gaits of bipedal dinosaurs

Thulborn R.A. (1984) Preferred gaits of bipedal dinosaurs. Alcheringa, 8 3: 243-252. doi:10.1080/03115518408618947


Author Thulborn R.A.
Title Preferred gaits of bipedal dinosaurs
Journal name Alcheringa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-0754
Publication date 1984-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03115518408618947
Volume 8
Issue 3
Start page 243
End page 252
Total pages 10
Subject 1911 Palaeontology
1105 Dentistry
Abstract Measurements of trackways have been used to determine the gaits and speeds of 267 bipedal dinosaurs. Most of these dinosaurs used a walking gait, with mean relative stride length about 1.3 (i.e. with stride length about 1.3 times estimated height at the hip). For running dinosaurs mean relative stride length is about 3.7. Very few of the track-makers selected a trotting gait (defined by relative stride length between 2.0 and 2.9). It is suggested that the preferred walking and running gaits represent energetic optima, and that the trot was a transitional gait of high energetic cost.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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