Grizzly bear running through water

Adapted to running

Running and walking evolved as a method of getting around when life emerged from water on to dry land. Animals that travel about on foot usually have a particular speed of gait which is their most energy efficient. Fast running mammals, such as zebras and cheetahs, have evolved features such as long legs and a flexible spine to boost their speed.

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Animals with this behaviour

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Reptiles

Insects

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Merostomata

Synapsids

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