digitigrade


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digitigrade

[′dij·ə·də‚grād]
(vertebrate zoology)
Pertaining to animals, such as dogs and cats, which walk on the digits with the posterior part of the foot raised from the ground.
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The link between digitigrade posture and cursoriality often occurs in other vertebrates, such as mammals and even birds (Alexander, 1984).
Padian calls the new observation interesting but says that researchers must examine the other bones of the foot to rule out digitigrade motion in pterosaurs.
All species are digitigrade with nonretractile claws, although the granulated pad or calcaneum extends the full length of the carpus and tarsus to the ankle and heel, which sometimes contact the ground when the animal is moving slowly.
7 mm in length, the tracks may represent deep, digitigrade underprints of a tetrapod trackway.