Erik Trinkhaus, Tianyuan 1 and Sunghir 1, and the Earliest ‘Evidence’ of Footwear

Erik Trinkhaus published a study, along with Hong Shang, in the July issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science on what they consider the earliest evidence of footwear of modern humans. The paper is titled, "Anatomical evidence for the antiquity of human footwear: Tianyuan and Sunghir." They compared and contrasted the morphology of a couple... Continue Reading →

Bill Jungers’ conclusions on Homo floresiensis bipedalism — the clown-footed hominin

More reports have been coming out of last week's meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and one that has caught my attention is a news article summarizing Bill Jungers' research on the Homo floresiensis foot morphology. Jungers recently published a research paper reanalyzing Orrorin bipedalism, along with his colleagues. For this presentation, Jungers... Continue Reading →

A Multivariate Analysis of Orrorin tugenensis and the Ancestry of Bipedalism

Tomorrow's issue of the Science will host a reinvestigation of the famous (or infamous?) Orrorin tugenensis. The study, "Orrorin tugenensis Femoral Morphology and the Evolution of Hominin Bipedalism," comes from William Jungers and Brian Richmond. Their shtick is that their results indicate Orrorin's bipedality was like that of early Australopithecus. This conclusion, albeit not too... Continue Reading →

A Human Ancestor for the Apes?

Do we really need to consider turning everything upside down by considering the existence of a human ancestor for the apes? This suggestion definitely has the quality of blasphemy against religious doctrine. It just feels wrong and goes against our deeply held beliefs and understanding of the world. However, this is exactly where the evidence... Continue Reading →

Aaron Filler’s Morotopithecus bipedalism

I've been under the radar for several days. I've been struggling to understand this paper, "Homeotic Evolution in the Mammalia: Diversification of Therian Axial Seriation and the Morphogenetic Basis of Human Origins," from Aaron Filler of Harvard's Anthropology department. All I can really make sense of it is that there's a probability that bipedalism originated... Continue Reading →

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