Measuring Speed in the Animal Kingdom

by SavvyRoo on Nov 4, 2014 | Views: 158 | Score: 1
Body lengths moved in one second while running
Paratarsotomus macropalpis322
Cheetah running at 60 mph16
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SavvyRoo on Nov 3, 2014 5:28 PM said:

Paratarsotomus macropalpis, a Californian mite, is smaller than half a centimeter. In a race it would lose to a cheetah. However, the speed at which it moves relative to it's body size is extraordinary. If a human were to run at the same body lengths per second as the mite, that person would be running approximately 1300 mph.

Stephen Ostermiller
Stephen Ostermiller on Nov 5, 2014 5:35 PM said:

And fleas can jump 100 times their own body height. Small animals can do these types of things because of physics.

Alejandro Esquino Gomez
Alejandro Esquino Gomez on Nov 11, 2014 11:32 AM said:

True Steve... If an ant were the size of a human it would not be able to carry so many times its own body weight. It would be really cool if people could lift 3 or more times their own body weight.