The dynamics and energetics of locomotion depend on the number of propulsive legs

A zoologist has modeled the locomotion of animals and robots with different numbers of leg pairs. Besides providing new insights on the relationship between the number of leg pairs and body dynamics, his research sheds light on the evolution of bipedalism and paves the way for new applications in legged robotics and innovative neuro-mechanical modelling approaches.
The dynamics and energetics of locomotion depend on the number of propulsive legs