July 11, 2016

WE ARE ALL DESIGNIST NOW:

ROBOT REPLICATES HOW OUR ANCESTORS FIRST WALKED ON LAND (Samantha Cole, 7/11/16, Popular Science)

To better understand how ancient vertebrates moved, Georgia Tech researchers built a robot. From it, they learned that tails may have been essential to climbing out of the primordial ooze.

"MuddyBot" is based on the movement of the African mudskipper, an amphibious fish that's believed to be similar to the first animals that crawled out of water 360 million years ago to walk on land. The researchers recreated riverbank-esque sand and slopes for their bot to struggle against, much like the banks early land-dwellers may have crawled upon before evolving legs.

By watching how MuddyBot crutched its way around using tail-flicks and front appendages, the researchers were able to better understand the physics and mechanics involved in early terrestrial locomotion.

Posted by at July 11, 2016 7:54 PM

  

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