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American Museum of Natural History: SciCafe: Why Walk on Two Legs? The Pros and Cons of Bipedalism


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Walking on two legs, or “bipedalism,” is a key characteristic defining humans and our early ancestors. But what an odd way to walk and run!

Join Museum Curator Brian Richmond and Boston University anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva in exploring the great advantages of walking on two legs, as well as the unfortunate consequences of evolving bipedalism from a body plan designed to walk on four, not two, legs.

 

 

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