Arthropod Locomotion as Seen Through a “Vertebrate” Eye
There are three obvious approaches to an overview of this diverse array of topics. The first is to emphasize aspects of arthropod locomotor apparatus and pattern that differ from those of vertebrates. The second is to stress the fundamental similarities between arthropod and vertebrate systems. The third and a completely different approach is to look at the whole issue of locomotion from an ecological and evolutionary viewpoint. I will here discuss all three approaches in series, as I proceed, commenting on some of the papers presented. In doing so, I begin by paraphrasing a caution of the late Professor Weis-Fogh that superficial comparisons will lead to error.
KeywordsLocomotor Pattern Hydrodynamic Mechanism Evolutionary Viewpoint Propulsive Device Footfall Pattern
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