Let’s twist again: Human and chimp hips compared

Chimps and humans have differently structured hips. Whilst still very similar, a chimp hip is significantly flatter and higher than the human pelvis. A variety of evolutionary pressures have prompted this divergence in hip shape, although the strongest has been each species preferred locomotory method. A chimp pelvis is adapted to quadrupedal knuckle walking, a Continue Reading

The hobbit is still Homo floresiensis

In 2003 Evolutionary Anthropology came crashing into popular culture with the discovery of Homo floresiensis, found – as the name might suggest – on the island of Flores. Affectionately nicknamed “the Hobbit” by the media, this diminutive creature stood at only 108 cm tall (~3′ 6”) and by virtue of this peculiarity managed to capture Continue Reading

The (very little) evolution of chimps

Humans are a rather self-centred bunch. From thinking an unimaginably large universe exists to benefit the inhabitants of one speck of it to, well….starting a blog called “EvoAnth.” Within science┬áthere is a significant bias towards the investigation of how we got here compared to the origins of┬ámost other living animals. As such, we know relatively Continue Reading