Habilis stooped?

6 Dec 1994 21:09:59 GMT

I've encountered a couple of times lately, comments about
australopithecines and h. habilis being somewhat stooped.

Back when I was in school, several decades ago, I had the
impression that the idea of stooped posture had been
recently rejected, after decades of earlier popularity.
The only difference I recall proposed between a. aferensis
posture and our own, neglecting the effects of slightly
different body proportion, was a tendency to walk with
legs slightly crouched, due to the inability to lock
the knees to maintain the legs straight. When did the
idea of a stoop regain currency, and due to what evidence?

vincent@triumf.ca <== faster % Pete Vincent
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