Built for speed: strain in the cartilaginous vertebral columns of sharks
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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. ...
Porter, M.E.; Diaz, Candido Jr.; Sturm, Joshua J.; Grotmol, Sindre; Summers, A.P.; and Long, John H. Jr., "Built for speed: strain in the cartilaginous vertebral columns of sharks" (2014). Faculty Research and Reports. 2.