From Biped to Strider The Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport

The study of human bipedalism has been overshadowed by many polarized debates. One dispute concerns whether or not australopithecines were wholly terrestrial or retained a degree of arboreality. Another deliberation focuses on the bipedalism of australopithecines compared to modern humans: was it si...

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Main Author: Meldrum, D. Jeffrey
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Other Authors: Hilton, Charles E. (Editor)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Boston, MA Springer US 2004, 2004
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:The study of human bipedalism has been overshadowed by many polarized debates. One dispute concerns whether or not australopithecines were wholly terrestrial or retained a degree of arboreality. Another deliberation focuses on the bipedalism of australopithecines compared to modern humans: was it similar, intermediate in nature, or unique? Because of the preoccupation with discussions such as these, the significant fact that modern human walking is more than locomotion on two legs has been underemphasized. This volume focuses on the pattern and process of the transition to the modern form of human locomotion, with its adaptations for a striding stiff-legged gait, efficiency of running, and economy of resource transport. This emerging group of contributors spanning the fields of anthropology, biology and anatomy debate issues such as: -When and in what sequence did these morphological traits appear? -What were the changes in the bio-behavioral complex of hominin locomotor evolution? -What were the implications for the enhancement and expansion of hominin mobility?
Physical Description:XIII, 213 p online resource
ISBN:9781441989659