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Body Length and Speed-

A pair of French physicists concludes that it is the length of an animal's body, not its mass, that determines its top speed. Whether it is a cheetah or a whale, the scientists calculated that most animals should cover roughly ten times their body length per second when running at their fastest. And this applies across a very broad range of sizes-at least for animals that can't fly. The scientists looked at three features they believe all these organisms share: first, they all have roughly the same density as water; second, they all move by contracting muscles with similar protein structure; and finally, they assume a similar metabolic rate. In physicist language, the message is,"to the zeroth-order, body traversal speed is independent of mass."

OK, if you say so.


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