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There exist two distinct modes of locomotion using rotation: first, simple rolling; and second, the use of wheels, which spin relative to a fixed axle or body. Several organisms are capable of rolling. True wheels, however, despite their utility in human vehicles, do not appear to play a significant role in the movement of living things (with the notable exception of certain flagella, which function like corkscrews). Biologists have expounded on the reasons for this apparent absence of biological wheels, and wheeled creatures have appeared often in speculative fiction.

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  • There exist two distinct modes of locomotion using rotation: first, simple rolling; and second, the use of wheels, which spin relative to a fixed axle or body. Several organisms are capable of rolling. True wheels, however, despite their utility in human vehicles, do not appear to play a significant role in the movement of living things (with the notable exception of certain flagella, which function like corkscrews). Biologists have expounded on the reasons for this apparent absence of biological wheels, and wheeled creatures have appeared often in speculative fiction.
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