Kangaroo study may improve artificial joints for humans

THE kangaroo is providing potentially useful insights into the biomechanics of human shoulder and knee cartilage that may lead to improved artificial joints, Australian scientists say.

A boxing kangaroo mimics human upper body movements, the Queensland University of Technology researchers say, and there are other similarities between roos and humans, including their size and bipedal posture.

They’ve postulated that tissue from kangaroos is a better model for studying human shoulder biomechanics than that from sheep or rodents and