I assume we’re talking about land mammals here, not albatrosses. I’ve heard it said quite a few times that while other animals will beat us in the 100 meter dash, we win the ultramarathon. Is it true?
I was thinking the big contenders might be wolves and coyotes, which seem to move in a very efficient trot that covers a lot of ground. Might the difference be that a wolf is never, given the option, going to run its ass to death, while a human isn’t as smart? The coyote doesn’t care about finishing the marathon and is not going to waste too much effort going after a particular food animal if there are other options?
Given that we’re talking about exceptional human specimens here - long distance runners, spear hunters who are accustomed to running after game, even those nutty-ass ultramarathoners. Is there a land mammal that will over the course of both their endurances win the race?