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Anatomy and function are usually closely related. Since locomotion on tree branches is common among mammals, we expect to find that the anatomy is well adapted for gripping narrow cylindrical branch-like substrates. Based on the anatomy alone, rats are built for locomotion across cylindrical branches as well as terrestrial substrates.
Animal Sciences | Life Sciences | Zoology
Fonce, Jessica Elaine, "Functional Morphology of Rat Hands and Feet: Correlation with the Ability to Grip Tree Branches During Locomotion" (2012). Undergraduate Research Posters 2012. 16.