[ UK /ba‍ɪpˈiːdə‍lˌɪzəm/ ]
  1. the bodily attribute of being bipedal; having two feet
    bipedalism made the human form of birth possible
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  • Before we can truly say we have a strong case for the * actual* cause of the evolution of bipedalism (the primary trait separating us from our closest cousins) we need to find an even older specimen that has not yet fully made that transition - and then ask the question: "What environment does this creature live in? Harlan Ellison on God
  • Wood thinks Thorpe's findings put these fossil apes in a new light and that they may have been true bipeds that evolved bipedalism to reach for fruit. On the trail of the orang pendek, Sumatra's mystery ape | Richard Freeman
  • Unfortunately, determining whether bipedalism was the cause of increased velocity, or simply a behavioral by-product, is difficult, as bipedality increased with stride number.
  • This form developed bipedalism and other adaptations to the newly opening arid savannah landscape and eventually became the ancestor of man.
  • The mechanics have not changed for at least 2m years, when knuckle-dragging was superseded by bipedalism. Times, Sunday Times
  • In his book The Hunting Apes: Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior, anthropologist Craig Stanford of the University of Southern California brings to attention the chief differences between humans and chimpanzees, namely bipedalism and larger brain size in humans. Chimps Have Culture
  • We think about the evolution of bipedalism as one of first events that led hominids down the path to being human.
  • Other's have noted these differences and taken them out of context, one going so far as to publish a news article in Al-Jazeerah titled something along of the lines of "Ardi proves Darwin wrong" (google it) – as if the idea that we got one hypothetical detail in a potential mechanism for the evolution of bipedalism wrong somehow refutes the entire Theory of Evolution. Harlan Ellison on God
  • We think about the evolution of bipedalism as one of first events that led hominids down the path to being human.
  • No primatologist or anthropologist seems to have made anything of this, but I've yet to see anything that would rule out an arboreal leaping stage in (small) hominids that would explain the transition to walking bipedalism (indriids can't do this with their huge divergent hallux, but we grip branches with the instep instead). Literally, flying lemurs (and not dermopterans)
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