Title

Built for speed: strain in the cartilaginous vertebral columns of sharks

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Zoology

Volume

117

Article

1002

Issue

1

Pages

19-27

Publication Date

2-1-2014

Department or Program

Biology Department

Additional Department or Program

Cognitive Science Department

Abstract

In most bony fishes vertebral column strain during locomotion is almost exclusively in the intervertebral joints, and when these joints move there is the potential to store and release strain energy. Since cartilaginous fishes have poorly mineralized vertebral centra, we tested whether the vertebral bodies undergo substantial strain and thus may be sites of energy storage during locomotion. ...