Thursday, 3. April 2003

Elephants race for running status

Its official: elephants can run. Biomechanics researchers have done their sums and decided that the springy steps of an angry elephant at full charge count as running - not ambling or trotting.

As their speed rises past 16 kilometres per hour, elephants adopt "more of a bouncing motion", explains John Hutchinson of Stanford University in California. Technically, this makes them runners.

¬> Nature ¬> Reuters

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