The Scars of Evolution
When a person is cold or frightened, tiny muscles at the base of each hair contract, causing body hair to stand on end. In animals with thicker fur, this is a useful reflex: erect hairs trap air to create a layer of insulation, and they also make the ...
Birds' "Crouching" Gait Born in Dinosaur Ancestors
The crouched stance developed to compensate for the growth of larger forelimbs that eventually made flight possible, according to new research that digitally "fleshed out" fossils to show physical changes over the eons as bipedal dinosaurs evolved into birds.
10 Robots Inspired by Animals and Insects
Today's roboticists are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration, creating robots that move and behave with uncanny similarity to living animals. We've pulled together 10 of the most fascinating.
Sauropod dinosaurs held their necks in high, raised postures
Taylor, Mathew Wedel and myself in which we make a bold and controversial claim: based on data from living animals, we contend that the necks ... of the head-neck movement system of quadrupedal and bipedal mammals. Journal of Anatomy 186, 55-74.
Shades of Terminator as PETMAN tests hazmat suit
Having already amazed the world three years earlier with the lifelike balancing capabilities of its quadruped BigDog, this would be the company's first bipedal robot. It was an ambitious project, but it appears the work has paid off. The robot's eerily ...