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Biomechanics

Leaping lizards and dinosaurs

Tightrope walkers use poles to keep their balance. A study reveals that agama lizards use their tails much like balancing poles as they leap through the air — and that some dinosaurs may have done the same. See Letter p.181

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Figure 1: Conservation of angular momentum.

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Alexander, R. Leaping lizards and dinosaurs. Nature 481, 148–149 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature10797

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