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Deconstructing the past: Modelling the locomotion of Miocene hominoids through computational techniques

Project description

Kinematics in primates inform computational models to better understand our evolution

Mechanical loading of the bones affects remodelling. Contracting muscles, impact as in walking, or the tug of gravitational forces – all modulate the intricate interplay between formation and resorption. A simple example is the short-term bone loss experience of astronauts in a microgravity environment that can be partially compensated with rigorous physical exercise while in space. Over the very long term, on an evolutionary scale, remodelling helped our human ancestors accommodate new postures and movements such as bipedal locomotion. Despite the necessity of understanding how form relates to function to better understand our evolutionary pathway, many questions remain. DeMol is combining studies of kinematics in primates with advanced computational and phylogenetic comparative methods to fill in the gaps.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

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Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00