Flat-footed fighters: Heel-down posture in great apes and humans confers a fighting advantage

Posted by on February 15, 2017 12:41 pm
Categories: Science

Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new study. Although moving from the balls of the feet is important for quickness, standing with heels planted allows more swinging force, suggesting that aggression may have played a part in shaping our stance.

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