Donald Henderson's walking dinosaurs

Donald Henderson, now at the University of Calgary, developed a new way of looking at the locomotion of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts while he was in Bristol. This work formed the basis of his PhD.

Donald's technique is mathematical, involving modelling each leg segment as a separate pendulum, and calculating its movements continuously. What you see here are not cartoon animations; each move is calculated from first principles, using differential equations.

Look at Donald Henderson's amazing animations. Note that it may take a few seconds for all 10-15 frames to load up, and then the beast will start to walk!



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