Evidence indicates humans’ early tree-dwelling ancestors were also bipedal

March 20, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: ScienceDaily] – More than three million years ago, the ancestors of modern humans were still spending a considerable amount of their lives in trees, but something new was happening.

David Raichlen, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, and his colleagues at the University at Albany and City University of New York’s Lehman College have developed new experimental evidence indicating that these early hominins were walking with a human-like striding gait as long as 3.6 million years ago.

The results of their research appears in PLoS ONE, a journal from the Public Library of Science.

For more information: Evidence Indicates Humans’ Early Tree-Dwelling Ancestors Were Also Bipedal