Saturday, January 5, 2008

Born to run

Humans evolved from ape-like ancestors because they needed to run long distances. The ability to run shaped our anatomy, making us look like we do today.

That is the brave conclusion of a study published in 2004 in the journal Nature by University of Utah biologist Dennis Bramble and Harvard University anthropologist Daniel Lieberman.

Their study concludes: "Today, endurance running is primarily a form of exercise and recreation, but its roots may be as ancient as the origin of the human genus."

Discover Magazine published an interesting article about this theory, observing how humans are built to outrun nearly every other animal on the planet over long distances.      

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