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Flight Muscles and the Mechanics of Animal Flight

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This tutorial compares the flight muscles and mechanics for flight in birds, bats and insects. It compares the organization of the muscles and bones in the wings of birds and bats, and how they move to produce wingbeats. The video shows how insect wings are formed from the cuticle of the insect thorax and how indirect flight muscles produce wingbeats by deformation of the thorax.  The click mechanism and the role of asynchronous, indirect flight muscles are illustrated to show how some insects can attain wingbeats that are 20-30 times faster than those of birds and bats.

Total playing time: 25 min; 7 scenes

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