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Rapid Inversion: Running Animals and Robots Swing like a Pendulum under Ledges

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Flat-tailed house gecko, H. platyurus in its native environment in the rainforests of Singapore.

The two panels show a sequence of the inversion behavior from the top (a) and bottom (b) of a fern leaf recorded in the field with high-speed videography. After moving over the robust parts of the fern leaf with a rigid midrib beneath that supported their body weight, the gecko engaged its claws near the tip of the leaf and performed a pendulum-like swing towards the underside.

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