Tree Climbing and the Locomotive Connection Between Past and Present Hominins

  • Rae Dias University of Victoria


Bipedalism is considered one of the defining traits of past hominins and modern humans. It has long been assumed that the adaptation to bipedal locomotion came at the cost of tree climbing ability. Recent studies are showing that contemporary humans are still capable of tree climbing to acquire resources. The results of these studies suggest that tree climbing remained an important form of locomotion for certain species of past hominins and certain groups of humans today. In this way, tree climbing could represent a connection between humans in the present and to hominins in the past.

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