The distant ancestors of man possessed a strange gait

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The latest anatomy study of the closest human ancestors can shed light on his lifestyle, and more. For instance, researchers suggested that the ancestors of man walked completely in a different way than previously thought. It is possible that before, people walked with a slightly clubfoot gait. First skeletons of Australopithecus sediba were found in 2008 by a 9-year-old the cradle of one of the scientists in South Africa humanity, where archaeologists have repeatedly found the remains of our ancestors. Australopithecus is the “southern primates”, and sediba is a word from the language soto, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages, denoting “fountain, pillar of water.” Scientists believe that a person happened precisely from this kind of hominids. Sediba lived almost 2 million years ago – Scientists believe that it was then that Homo species appeared. These Australopithecus was a bizarre mixture of human traits and primate that confirms the theory of the origin of man from sedib. Scientists carefully studied the anatomy of the found remains of Sedib. Archaeologists found the skeletons of a young man and woman, as well as the tibia of an adult men. The find allowed scientists to learn more about the anatomy of the first hominids. By the way, representatives of the hominid family are like modern homo sapiens, as well as their immediate ancestors. Researchers add that about the predisposition to climbing our distant ancestors on trees says the shape of the shoulder blades, similar to the anatomy orangutans. In addition, the sedib had fingers with which to it was possible to hold any weapon. “They have a strong grip, necessary not only to climb trees, but also hold the gun tight, the researchers explain. – However, until now there is no accurate evidence of the existence of any tools. “Judging on the structure of the legs of the sedi, they moved completely unusual way. For example, a small heel indicates that they walked, turning knees and hips inward. Perhaps this primitive gait some transition from climbing trees to upright posture. Analysis Sedib’s spine showed that they had a curved lower back, almost like modern people, but it was longer and more mobile. Researchers suggest that this feature helped them in movement. While walking, we slightly rotate the torso, waving hands on the sides. Maybe sediba is exactly the same turned the body from side to side. Similar discoveries prove the need for further research on the remains of territories of South Africa – this region may still be hiding many archaeological mysteries.

Translation by Sergey Vasilenkov


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