Last time I promised you all a spine-tingling read for the next post.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the post that I intended to give you (on the spine – surprise surprise!), but I think I’ve managed to make the ankle a bit more interesting (or maybe just surprising) than I thought it was so here you go.
This is an edited, more relevant version of an assessed presentation I gave earlier today on the anatomy, evolution and function of the ankle in humans our hominin ancestors, and what we can tell about upright walking from fossil remains.
It’s mainly pictures too, so well worth a look.
Here are some photos to whet your appetite:
The human Achilles tendon (left) is relatively much longer and thicker than in apes (right). © Penas, 2013.
Skeletons of a Neanderthal, modern human and Homo erectus foot (left to right). (Pontzer et al., 2010).
Next time: maybe the spine, maybe not! Apparently I’m crazy like that.
Penas, JA. 2013. Human and Ape Anatomy. Available from: www.fineartamerica.com. [Accessed: 27/02/14].
Pontzer, H. et al., 2010. Locomotor anatomy and biomechanics of the Dmanisi hominins. Journal of human evolution, 58(6), pp.492–504.