Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 50 issue 4 (august 2016) : 476-483

Anatomical study of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) foot locomotor system

Rui Zhang*, Haitao Wang, Guiyin Zeng1, Changhai Zhou2, Runduo Pan3, Qiang Wang3, Jianqiao Li
1<p>&nbsp;Key Laboratory of Bionic Engineering,&nbsp;Ministry of Education, Jilin University, Changchun, China</p>
Cite article:- Zhang* Rui, Wang Haitao, Zeng1 Guiyin, Zhou2 Changhai, Pan3 Runduo, Wang3 Qiang, Li Jianqiao (2016). Anatomical study of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) foot locomotor system . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 50(4): 476-483. doi: 10.18805/ijar.9300.

The Ostrich is a native bird of Africa, and is highly accomplished in terrestrial locomotion in desert and grassland environments. The foot is an important segment in the ostrich body, critical for damping vibration, absorbing energy, and maintaining balance; however, detailed information on the ostrich foot is sparse. In this study, the gross anatomy of locomotor system of the ostrich foot was investigated using dissection and medical scan modeling. The paper contains a detailed study of the organizational structure and relative positional relationship of bones, tendons, and ligaments, which can be used for further three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction, providing a solid foundation for the research of high speed, heavy load, and shock absorption mechanisms. The study also provides a theoretical basis for the research of robot travelling mechanisms and vehicles traversing desert or planetary terrain.

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