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.

The Evolution and Relevance of Human Running. The fastest humans sprint slowly and for very limited durations compared to most quadrupedal mammals, but even average humans have superlative long distance running capabilities in terms of speed and distance compared to other mammals, especially in the heat. Dan Lieberman (Harvard University) posits that these abilities raise the question of how to evaluate when and how adaptations for running evolved in hominins, and what effect such selection had on the evolution of the human body.

7. The Evolution and Relevance of Human Running

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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