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What is a cow a cow of?

  • Elephants =bull cow calf.
  • Seals= bull, cow, calf
  • whales= bull, cow, calf

and so on BUT what is the ordinary ever day variity of COW, usually domesticated for milking, a cow of 23:38, 30 March 2006

This is an instance of what is called an unmarked female-referring form in linguistics, but I don't really know what it has to do with quadrupedalism... AnonMoos 12:35, 11 July 2006 (UTC)
A moo cow. Factitious 20:01, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Bovine, I believe would be the correct answer. Bovine = bull, cow, calf. One could also say domestic cattle. Alexkraegen (talk) 19:11, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Human quadrupedalism[edit]

I see the chromosome 17 abnormality is cited in the Ulas family article. The wording in this article bothers me a little - on that page, it's made clear that scientists believe that it hurt their brain development and learning to walk bipedally. When I read this page originally, I thought it was saying that the abnormality was what made it possible to walk quadrupedally, which isn't true. (Humans can learn quadrupedal gait -- it's just that no one wants to.) Vultur (talk) 05:55, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
I wonder if their impairment would allow them to use a cane or walker? It appears that they have kinesthetic as well as balance impairment. They have survived childhood, so they must have some resources, but indications of intellectual or physical skills are (intentionally?) missing.

  • All humans do start with crawling, and cavers often invent 4 (occasionally 5) limb gaits to navigate thru various strictures & orientations, where at least 3 points of contact are needed at all points in the gait. Is couples dancing a form of 'quadrupedal gait', albeit shared by 2 people, but both must master & influence the other's feet & balance, as well as their own.
    --Wikidity (talk) 15:18, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Image used in article[edit]

That is one odd picture of a zebra IMO. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

What is so odd about a lone zebra?--Wikidity (talk) 15:18, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Limbs for Locomotion[edit]

Is "uses four limbs for locomotion" maybe too ambiguous? Birds basically do that. It's clarified in the first line of the article, but I'd still insert another "terrestrial". Halfreal1 (talk) 02:52, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Birds use two limbs for flying in air and a different two for walking on ground... AnonMoos (talk) 14:59, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
...and thus, strictly, use four limbs for locomotion. Guess it doesn't really matter. Halfreal1 (talk) 16:22, 4 February 2015 (UTC)