Want to see some incredible high definition super slow motion video of a cheetah running after a chew toy? With some great African music in the background? No blood, no killing, just cuteness and awesomeness? I thought so. Check it out:
How gorgeous. Thanks to reader Dave Fletcher for pointing this out.
There are many things to notice there, but two that I focused on were the steadiness of the head (totally focused on target) and the suppleness of the spine.
My other favorite running video, of humans, shows some similar spinal motions, an alternating flexion/extension pattern of the spine, coupled with a back and forth pecking movement of the head. See if you can notice the similarities here: