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Tool-use in humans arose before bipedalism

A new study has revealed that early hominids developed finger dexterity and could use tools before they could walk upright. In a study published today in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the researchers employed functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans and electrical recording from monkeys to locate the brain areas

Ancient foot bones shows Lucy walked upright

A study of the famous fossil Lucy's 3 million-year-old foot bones shows the hominid was perfectly comfortable walking upright. The new discovery shows these relatives "were fully humanlike and committed to life on the ground," Ward said in a telephone interview from Africa. "It lays to rest the idea that they

Philippines settled 20,000 years earlier than thought

A foot bone found in a cave in the Philippines is rewriting Filipino history. Archaeologists have found a foot bone that could prove the Philippines was first settled by humans 67,000 years ago, thousands of years earlier than previously thought, the National Museum said Tuesday. The bone, found in an

King Tut wore orthopedic sandals

An analysis of a pair of sandals buried with Tutankhamun reveal they were made to accommodate his club foot. King Tutankhamun might have worn some sort of orthopedic shoes specially designed to cope with his club foot condition, an investigation into the pharaoh's footwear has suggested. Published in the book, "Tutankhamun's Footwear:

How did ancient man run for long distances?

Ancient humans were endurance runners, but how did they do it without air-cushioned soles? [Thx Tron] The secret might have been to land on the balls of their feet. Daniel Lieberman at Harvard University and colleagues compared the gait of endurance runners in the US and Kenya and found that more than

2,000-year-old feet found in Dublin attic

Experts from the National Museum in Ireland are still trying to figure out how two human feet, dating back 2,000 years, were found in a Dublin attic. During his examination, Dr Farrell and other scientists concluded the two mummified right feet had come from an adult and from a child. There

Real-life Hobbits were poor runners

Analysis of ancient hobbit feet show they had a very different style of walking than that of modern humans. The fossil foot examined for the new study includes hallmarks of upright walking, such as stiffness and the lack of an opposable, thumblike toe for grasping, Harcourt-Smith said. But the foot is flat—it

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