The shape of human evolution

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Understanding how the transition to committed terrestrial bipedality took place is key to deciphering how, and why, our lineage evolved. Although the limbs have received considerable attention, primates vary in the shape and structure of their torsos, which reflects body pos­ture, spinal mobility, and even limb use. New fossil pelves, ribs, verte­brae and other torso elements of fossil apes and early hominins have been discovered over the past several years and are shedding new light on the evolution of body form in apes and humans. Novel in­sights into the evolution of ape and human body form not only give a new picture of the locomotor transitions involved in hominin origins, but suggest that we need to rethink the questions we are asking about how, and why, hominins evolved.

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