The Upright Ape: Bipedalism and Human Origins

Why are we the only two-legged creature to develop an exclusively upright gait? And what did it mean to the development of the human species? The Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) at UC San Diego brings you foremost experts to explore the many facets of these questions in this fascinating series.

Pleistocene Footprints and the Evolution of Human Bipedalism. Efforts to reconstruct gait and other aspects of behavior in extinct hominins continue to be hampered by disagreements over how to interpret anatomical evidence from the fossil record. Brian Richmond (George Washington University) offers unique evidence about early Pleistocene hominin gait and foot shape based on his recent discovery of hominin footprints in the Koobi Fora Formation, Kenya (1.52 Ma).

4. Pleistocene Footprints and the Evolution of Human Bipedalism

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1. Foot and Ankle Diversity in Australopithecus
2. Pelvic Architecture of Australopithecus Sediba and the Genus Homo
3. Insights into Hominin Bipedalism from Gorilla Anatomy
4. Pleistocene Footprints and the Evolution of Human Bipedalism
5. Early Hominin Body Form
6. Limb Strength Proportions and Locomotion in Early Hominins
7. The Evolution and Relevance of Human Running
8. Bipedalism and the Evolution of the Genus Homo
9. Body Fat and Bipedality