Essay on Bipedalism And Its Effect On Humans

1590 Words Nov 30th, 2014 7 Pages
Bipedalism was another important factor in the ability for humans to kill at a distance. According to Robert S. Corruccini and Henry H. McHenry in “Knuckle Walking Hominids Ancestors,” “Humans still retain features from a probable knuckle walking ancestor.” However, and some point in human history early humans began to walk upright as modern humans do. According to "Evolution of hominid bipedalism and prehensile capabilities" by Russell H. Tuttle, “The earliest hominids would be recognized as diurnally terrestrial bipeds that stood with full extension of the knee joints and walked with greater extension of the lower limbs that is common in non-human primates.” According to article “Homo Erectus,” “Homo erectus appeared approximately 1.8 million years ago and survived until at least 250,000 years ago. Homo erectus differed in many ways from its Australopithecine antecedent. It was both heavier and taller than these hominids and had a more linear body form. Its legs were longer in relation to its trunk length, which suggest, as do other aspects of its anatomy that it was more efficient at walking on two legs. Some arguments can be made as to whether it was early hominids or Homo erectus who first stood. Regardless, this would still be an important feature in human gaining the ability to kill at a distance through weapons such as rifles. This feature would have given these early human ancestor the ability to stand up and see a prey or an enemy from a distance. Along with…

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