Re: Okay seriously now (AAT again)

Bryce Harrington (
18 Dec 1994 10:06:13 -0800 (Phillip Bigelow) writes:
> (Pat Dooley) writes:
> Reseachers who specialize in the study of A. afarensis (Lovejoy,
>Johanson, Mary Leaky, among others) have consistently stated that Lucy's
>gait was nearly humanlike. It has never been characterized by any serious
>researcher as an awkward gait on land. The most convincing argument for a
>smooth human-like gait on Lucy are the footprints that Mary Leakey found.
>The prints show the foot was directly aligned with the direction of travel,
>and were surprisingly large in stride. There is clear evidence in the
>prints of a strong, well-developed arch. All other apes lack a arch in the

"Granting that in most respects afarensis was bipedal, Randy Susman
and Jack Stern detailed more than two dozen separate anatomical traits
suggesting that the species was nevertheless a less efficient biped
than modern humans... The year before their Stony Brook collegue Bill
Jungers had argued that Lucy's legs were too short, in relation to her
arms, for her species to have achieved a fully modern adaption to
bipedalism." _Lucy's Child_, 194 Johanson, Shreeve

I would say these guys were "serious researchers," and they do indeed
characterize afarensis as having a less than human gait.