Signals of locomotion and manipulation in the internal trabecular bone structure of extant hominoids and fossil hominins

Tracy Kivell, Christopher Dunmore, Szu-Ching Lu, Alexander Synek, Ameline Bardo, Emma Bird, Kim Deckers, Alastair Key, Dieter Pahr, Matthew Skinner

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The enhanced dexterity of the human hand is unique among primates, an ability that is traditionally thought to have evolved in response to tool-related behaviours and a release from the biomechanical constraints of locomotion in our bipedal hominin ancestors. However, recent fossil and archaeological evidence, as well as novel analyses, suggest that dexterity-related morphology and abilities evolved earlier that traditionally thought and that fossil hominins used their hands for locomotion until much later than presumed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2019
EventThe 12th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Jul 201925 Jul 2019


ConferenceThe 12th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
CountryCzech Republic
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  • primates
  • bone structure
  • fossil hominins

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