, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 137-147

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Dynamics of primate bipedal walking as viewed from the force of foot

  • Tasuku KimuraAffiliated withDepartment of Legal Medicine, Teikyo University School of Medicine
  • , Morihiko OkadaAffiliated withDepartment of Anatomy, Faculty of Physical Education, Tokyo University of Education
  • , Hidemi IshidaAffiliated withLaboratory of Physical Anthropology, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University

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Bipedal walking of the six species of anthropoid primates including man were examined by means of the force plate technique. Though each species has a particular pattern of bipedal walking, we can classify two types of patterns in these primates as far as the foot force is concerned. The first type includes the man, chimpanzee, and spider monkey and the second type contains the Japanese monkey, hamadryas baboon, and gibbon. It was emphasized that the similarity of man to the chimpanzee and spider monkey in bipedal walking has some evolutionary significance.