Oreopithecus was a bipedal ape after all: evidence from the iliac cancellous architecture.

  title={Oreopithecus was a bipedal ape after all: evidence from the iliac cancellous architecture.},
  author={Lorenzo Rook and Luca Bondioli and Meike K{\"o}hler and Salvador Moy{\`a}-Sol{\`a} and Roberto Macchiarelli},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={96 15},
  • L. RookL. Bondioli R. Macchiarelli
  • Published 20 July 1999
  • Geography, Biology, Environmental Science
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Textural properties and functional morphology of the hip bone cancellous network of Oreopithecus bambolii, a 9- to 7-million-year-old Late Miocene hominoid from Italy, provide insights into the postural and locomotor behavior of this fossil ape. Digital image processing of calibrated hip bone radiographs reveals the occurrence of trabecular features, which, in humans and fossil hominids, are related to vertical support of the body weight, i.e., to bipedality. 

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