January 9, 2013

Why Humans Prefer Not to Gallop

Elizabeth Preston, Inkfish


AP Photo

As kids, we discover that our two legs can manage many different gaits. After walking and running we figure out how to tiptoe, hop, and skip. (Personally, I decided at one point to become a better skipper than anyone I knew, practicing backward skipping and figure-eights in our driveway. I may have sensed that my competition in this pursuit was not very stiff.)

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TAGGED: Movement, Human Body, Gait