How To Walk Like A Tiger. Oh Wait, You Already Know That

January 7, 2014 8:09 am 1 comment

You might think it 6a00d83451b31569e2012877573fb6970c-320wiwould be fun to learn how to walk in the same pattern used by a hunting tiger, or a honeybee, or a shark, but it’s too late for that: you already know how. That opinion is supported by research conducted recently by anthropologists at the University of Arizona, who used GPS devices to trace the foraging pattern of the Hadza people in Tanzania. The researchers found that pattern followed by the hunter gatherers can be described by a mathematical pattern called a Lévy walk – a pattern that also is found in the movements of many animals. A University of Arizona news release describes the Lévy walk pattern as ubiquitous in animals, similar to the golden ratio, phi, a mathematical ratio that has been found to describe proportions in plants and animals throughout nature. The Lévy walk, which involves a series of short movements in one area and then a longer trek to another area, is not limited to searching for food. Other studies have shown that humans sometimes follow a Lévy walk while ambling around an amusement park. The pattern also can be used as a predictor for urban development.

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