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A 10-million-year-old fossils of the ape, has given scientists new insights into human evolution.
The other structure, known as the Rudapithecus was first detected in Hungary, the remaining basin has been examined by an international team of researchers, who found that human bipedalism — moving forward on two legs, it — it would have to have a deeper ancestral origin than previously thought.
“Rudapithecus was quite ape-like, and are likely to move among tree branches, like monkeys do now, — of holding her body up, and up her arms,” Carol Ward, trustees distinguished professor of pathology and anatomical sciences at the MU School of Medicine and the lead author of the newly published the study, said in a statement.
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Rudapithecus was quite ape-like, and are likely to move among tree branches, like monkeys do now, — of holding her body up, and, climbing it with her hands.
(Image courtesy of John Sibbick)
However, it would be different to that of modern great apes, it is more flexible in the back, it would mean that when the Rudapithecus was down on the ground, it would have had the ability to stand upright as humans do. This evidence supports the idea that it’s not so much a question as to why human ancestry was out of my hands and my feet, and maybe we should ask the question as to why our ancient ancestors never had to drop down on his hands and knees in the first place.”
The modern African great apes, which tend to have a long pelvis and short back, because they are such large animals, which is one of the reasons as to why they walk on their hands and feet on the floor.
However, people will have a longer, more flexible, lower-back, causing them to stand upright and walk on two legs, is easy.
Ward explained that, as humans, have evolved from an African ape-like body-build, when major changes are made to the extension of the lower spine and shortening of the basin, would have been required.
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A fossil pelvis of Rudapithecus. The basin is one of the most informative bones for a skeleton, but is rarely preserved.
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However, if the human being has been created out of a human ancestor that is more like Rudapithecus, such a transition would be a lot simpler.
The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of Human Evolution.