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From: Lee Olsen <paleoc...@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:02:57 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Sun, Sep 30 2012 11:02 am
Subject: Re: National Geographic's "Becoming Human" and the Endurance Running facts
Jack Teehan <deerfieldproducti...@gmail.com>
Seth Dwight <deerfieldproducti...@gmail.com>
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On Sep 30, 12:31 am, JTEM <jte...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'll post this againhttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v432/n7015/full/nature03052.html
Dennis M. Bramble & Daniel E. Lieberman
"Striding bipedalism is a key derived behaviour of hominids that
possibly originated soon after
the divergence of the chimpanzee and human lineages. Although bipedal
gaits include walking
and running, running is generally considered to have played no major
role in human evolution
because humans, like apes, are poor sprinters compared to most
quadrupeds. Here we assess
how well humans perform at sustained long-distance running, and
review the physiological and
anatomical bases of endurance running capabilities in humans and
other mammals. Judged by
several criteria, humans perform remarkably well at endurance running,
thanks to a diverse array
of features, many of which leave traces in the skeleton. The fossil
evidence of these features
suggests that endurance running is a derived capability of the genus
Homo, originating about
2 million years ago, and may have been instrumental in the evolution
of the human body form."
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