A 10 million year old fossil monkey has given scientists new insights into human evolution.
The monkey skeleton known as Rudapithecus was originally discovered in Hungary. The conserved basin was studied by an international research team that found that human bipedalism – bipedal locomotion – could have deeper origins than previously thought. "Carol Ward, a curator who is a professor of pathology and anatomy at the MU School of Medicine and senior author of the recently published study said in a statement that she is holding her body upright and climbing with her arms. "
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"However, modern apes would have distinguished themselves by having a more flexible lower back, which would mean that Rudapithecus had the ability to fall to the ground Stand up as people do, and this evidence supports the idea that we should not ask why human ancestors rose from all fours, but why our ancestors never crashed on all fours. "
Modern African apes typically a long pelvis and a short lower back because they are such big animals. This is one reason why they generally walk on the ground on all fours. However, humans have a longer, more flexible lower back that allows them to stand upright and walk easily on two legs.
Ward explained that if humans evolved from an African apelic physique, significant changes to the lower back extension and shortening of the pelvis would have been required.
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