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Human Ancestors Quickly Found Their Feet

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Image credit: Julia Margaret Cameron
Image credit: Julia Margaret Cameron
Hominids started walking on two legs six million years ago, shortly after diverging from chimpanzees, according to a study of the inner structure of a fossilised thighbone. The finding puts upright posture at the base of the human family tree.

The evolution of upright posture is a key issue in anthropology. Together with large brain size, it marks the dividing line between humans and the great apes.

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