The short limbs of wild eastern cottontail rabbits don’t just make these bunnies look cute to humans. (Though they do that, too.) They actually give the animals an advantage when they’re on the move, according to Jesse Young, Ph.D., a Northeast Ohio Medical University associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology. His rabbit locomotion research was featured recently in the Journal of Experimental Biology – with an illustration to boot.
Dr. Young’s lab focuses on evolutionary, comparative and developmental aspects of mammalian locomotion. Dr. Young completed the featured research with collaborators from Youngstown State University and Kent State University at Stark.