Monday, October 1, 2012


--“Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”—Charles Darwin

Laetoli is a high, windswept region in Tanzania
Charismatic megafauna can still be seen in the area
One of the early pages of our family album
Trailing among their footprints are the tracks of the extinct horse Hipparion
Pygmy giraffes, saber-toothed cats
Many quadrupeds stand upright briefly to assess danger or reach food
Evolve postprandial strolls and cakewalks
Bipedal locomotion demands certain kinds of leg
Modern biomechanics can
Our ancestors stood upright long before they developed an outsize brain
Postural feeding hypothesis
Aspiring to become the upright white guy with the briefcase
The daily stress of being upstanding citizens
Sciatica is epidemic and discectomies common
Simple as an office promotion
Our inherited ability to walk down the aisle at the supermarket

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