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The terminal attack trajectories of peregrine falcons are described by the proportional navigation guidance law of missiles

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The ability to intercept uncooperative targets is key to many diverse flight behaviors, from courtship to predation. Previous research has looked for simple geometric rules describing the attack trajectories of animals, but the underlying feedback laws have remained obscure. Here we use GPS loggers and onboard video cameras to study peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus attacking stationary targets, maneuvering targets, and live prey. We show that the terminal attack trajectories of peregrine...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1073/pnas.1714532114

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Role:
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Jesus College
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Horizon 2020
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682501
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Name:
Air Force Research Laboratory
Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More from this journal
Volume:
114
Issue:
51
Pages:
13495-13500
Publication date:
2017-12-01
Acceptance date:
2017-10-26
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
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pubs:742154
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uuid:2132d58a-b9b7-4474-8f64-b20d7df09360
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pubs:742154
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742154
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2017-11-01

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