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Walking on All Fours Is Not Backward Evolution, Study Shows

Walking on All Fours Is Not Backward Evolution, Study Shows

Contradicting earlier claims, “The Family That Walks on All Fours,” a group of quadrupedal humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary, have simply adapted to their inability to walk upright and do not represent an example of backward evolution, according to new research by Liza Shapiro, an anthropologist at The University of Texas at…   » Continue Reading

Extinct Ancient Ape Did Not Walk Like a Human, Study Shows

For decades, the movement of an ancient ape species called Oreopithecus bambolii has been a matter of debate for scientists. Did it walk like a human across its swampy Mediterranean island or did it move through the trees like other apes?

Anthropologist Wins “Ig Nobel” Prize for Study of Why Pregnant Women Don’t Tip Over

University of Texas at Austin anthropologist Liza Shapiro and two fellow researchers on Thursday won an Ig Nobel Prize—dedicated to "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think"—for a 2007 study on the evolutionary reasons pregnant women don't tip over.

Anthropologist studies why quadrupedal primates have different gait

Anthropologist studies why quadrupedal primates have different gait

Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, is trying to work out an evolutionary mystery. The mystery: Why do primates who walk on all fours do it differently than most other animals who walk on all fours? Liza Shapiro, a physical anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin, has…   » Continue Reading

December Health Notes

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss health issues ranging from human evolution to health communication.

Adapting to Pregnancy Played Key Role in Human Evolution, Study Shows

The human spine evolved differently in males and females in order to alleviate back pressure from the weight of carrying a baby, according to research spearheaded at The University of Texas at Austin.