213 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
Focuses on the pattern and process of the transition to the modern form of human locomotion, with contributions from anthropologists, biologists and anatomists.
From the reviews of the first edition:
"The aim of this volume is to present a variety of analytical approaches that reveal how human bipedality facilitates and limits patterns of landscape use, mobility, and resource collection. a ] Importantly, given the diversity of the intended audiences a ] clearly stated hypotheses and illustrations make potentially complex anatomical analysis accessible to the non-morphologist." (Philip L. Reno, Human Ecology, Vol. 34, 2006)
1. Striders, Runners, Transporters.- 2. Knuckle-walking and the Origin of Bipedalism.- 3. A New Hypothesis on the Origin of Hominoid Locomotion.- 4. Functional Interpretation of the Laetoli Footprints.- 5. Fossilized Hawaiian Footprints Compared with Laetoli Hominid Footprints.- 6. In What Manner Did They Walk on Two Legs? An Architectural Perspective For the Functional Diagnostics of the Early Hominid Foot.- 7. Bipedalism in Homo ergaster: An Experimental Study of the Effects of Tibial Torsion on Locomotor Biomechanics.- 8. The Running Fighting Dichotomy and Hominid Evolution.- 9. Exploring the Locomotor System of a Biped through a Behavioral Ecology and Life History Perspective.- 10. Age, Sex, and Resource Transport in Venezuelan Foragers.- 11. Mobility and the locomotor skeleton at the foraging to farming transition.- 12. Uplifted Head, Free Hands, and the Evolution of Human Walking.
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