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violence shaped the male face
2014-06-09 11:14:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout history, men have had a well-earned reputation for violence and a new study in the journal Biological Reviews has concluded that masculine facial features evolved as a result of that violence. The new study focused on the faces of our australopith ancestors and how those faces evolved to protect us against punches. "The australopiths were characterized by a suite of traits that may have improved fighting ability,...

Human Hands Evolved For Fighting And Punching
2012-12-20 10:48:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The human hand is unique in the animal kingdom. As we evolved from apes, it was one of the most distinctive features that truly distinguished us from our closest living relatives. But while we know our hands can allow us to do many things, such as play music, make art, and easily grasp and manipulate tools, they have actually evolved for a vastly different reason, according to new research. That research, conducted by the...

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2011-05-20 12:56:48

Does it explain why we walk upright and why women like tall men?A University of Utah study shows that men hit harder when they stand on two legs than when they are on all fours, and when hitting downward rather than upward, giving tall, upright males a fighting advantage.This may help explain why our ape-like human ancestors began walking upright and why women tend to prefer tall men."The results of this study are consistent with the hypothesis that our ancestors adopted bipedal posture so...

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2010-02-12 11:10:00

Walking heels-first is less work than walking on your toes or balls of the feet Humans, other great apes and bears are among the few animals that step first on the heel when walking, and then roll onto the ball of the foot and toes. Now, a University of Utah study shows the advantage: Compared with heel-first walking, it takes 53 percent more energy to walk on the balls of your feet, and 83 percent more energy to walk on your toes. "Our heel touches the ground at the start of each step. In...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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