bipedalism


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the bodily attribute of being bipedal

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Studies of the social sciences point dimorphism as a determinant in this process, stressing the importance of factors such as physical strength, dominance and female subjugation by males (10), but primarily pointing aspects related to reproduction and parental care as promoters of bipedalism and evolution (11), which, millions of years later, eventually consolidated kinship structures (12) and, consequently, subordination positions of women in all societies on the planet (13-16).
In fact, one of the earliest defining human traits is bipedalism, the upright gait.
Of course we have the opposable thumb, our bipedalism, language, an asteroid, and other lucky twists of fate to thank as well, but imagination may be "the fragile foundation on which human society is built" (Catherine Brahic).
His research is on how and why the human body is the way it is, with particular foci on the origins of bipedalism, how humans became superlative endurance runners, and the evolution of the highly unusual human head.
Bone development was critical for the evolution of our species, since it facilitated locomotion and bipedalism (Rodan 2003).
During his evolutionary process, man has progressively reached different postural stages that culminate with bipedalism.
First, primates stood upright, and the resulting bipedalism liberated the hand.
The lower spine serves as a good basis for testing the habitual bipedal locomotion hypothesis because human lumbar vertebrae and sacra exhibit distinct features that facilitate the transmission of body weight for habitual bipedalism, says Russo.
Specific features such as bipedalism, hairlessness and a larger brain distinguish the human from other animals - and the woman's role in evolution is key.
But it also required more upright scrambling and climbing gaits, prompting the emergence of bipedalism.
But we are questioning, social animals; our religious impulse is an evolved characteristic, like bipedalism or consciousness.
Beneath the author's engaging play of facts and stories, however, lie assertions that would take more work to prove than he is willing to do, or that are not provable at all: "Did bipedalism actually encourage music?
That an Ardipithecus-type foot should persist so late suggests our early ancestors trod a more tortuous evolutionary path towards full bipedalism than previously thought, said team member Bruce Latimer, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tool-use also fit with the distinctive trait of walking upright: bipedalism apparently freed the hands to do their important work (Darwin, 1871, I.
There are only a few small morphological differences between Homo sapiens and earlier hominids, such as greater bipedalism that frees the hands, a larger brain size and head, eyes closer together and able to focus more precisely on the hands, and so on.