Why does the natural world have wings, fins and legs rather than propellers and wheels?

Propellers are the go-to design for movement through air and water, and wheels for movement across land. At least, for us humans. But propellers and wheels are certainly not, by any means, a popular design for movement through air and water and over land in the natural world. Why is this the case? 

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Biomimicry or bio-inspired design?

The systems that we design and engineer at Animal Dynamics are inspired by the way nature does things. As a spin-out company from the University of Oxford Zoology Department, our designs have a strong basis in the study of evolutionary biomechanics, a field to which our co-founder Adrian Thomas has dedicated his academic career. That is not to say, however, that our designs are biomimetic, as is so often assumed. In this post, we look at this key difference in our work.

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#AskAdrian Series

Animal Dynamics design super-efficient systems inspired by the deep study of evolutionary biomechanics.

With our deep roots in biology and nature, we decided to ask our co-founder and Professor of Biomechanics Adrian Thomas a series of weird and wonderful questions, from which animal can go the longest without eating to why octopuses haven’t taken over the world. Find the full series below.

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Top 5 Animal Design Stories

At Animal Dynamics, we take inspiration from the natural world to design super-efficient systems. The animal world is full of inspiration, with intricate and fascinating stories about how evolution by natural selection has generated incredible designs. 

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Friday Reads with Alex Caccia, Animal Dynamics CEO

Over the past five weeks, we have been posting a book a week that compile a list of Alex’s top 5 reads. All books have influenced his thinking and Animal Dynamics in some way, whether it be related to entrepreneurship, the inspiration behind our work or environmental responsibility, or our fondness for making things. In case you missed it, we have complied them all into the below list.

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