Human feet still built for life in trees, like our ape relatives

August 21, 2013 8:16 PM

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Human feet still built for life in trees, like our ape relatives

Although our human ancestors climbed down from the trees millions of years ago, our feet have retained the type of flexibility seen in today’s tree-dwelling primates, new research shows.

For about 80 years at least, scientists have been under the impression that human feet are special. Studies comparing human and chimpanzee footprints in the 1930s suggested that human feet were much stiffer than those of other apes. Humans have arches in the mid-foot region, as well as rigid outer e...

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