The Evolution of the Primate Foot: Anatomy, Function, and Paleontological Evidence


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The Evolution of the Primate Foot: Anatomy, Function, and Paleontological Evidence Editors: Kevin G. Hatala, Daniel Schmitt, Roshna E. Wunderlich, Angel Zeininger Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
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Pages: 548 Illustrations and other contents: 80 Tables, color; 52 Illustrations, color; 52 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 548 p. 104 illus., 52 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783031064357 Categories: , , , , ,

The human foot is a unique and defining characteristic of our anatomy. Most primates have grasping, prehensile feet, whereas the human foot stands out as a powerful non-grasping propulsive lever that is central to our evolution as adept bipedal walkers and runners and defines our lineage. Very few books have compiled and evaluated key research on the primate foot and provided a perspective on what we know and what we still need to know. This book serves as an essential companion to “The Evolution of the Primate Hand” volume, also in the Developments in Primatology series. This book includes chapters written by experts in the field of morphology and mechanics of the primate foot, the role of the foot in different aspects of primate locomotion (including but not limited to human bipedalism), the “hard evidence” of primate foot evolution including fossil foot bones and fossil footprints, and the relevance of our foot’s evolutionary history to modern human foot pathology. This volume addresses three fundamental questions: (1) What makes the human foot so different from that of other primates? (2) How does the anatomy, biomechanics, and ecological context of the foot and foot use differ among primates and why? (3) how did foot anatomy and function change throughout primate and human evolution, and why is this evolutionary history relevant in clinical contexts today? This co-edited volume, which relies on the insights of leading scholars in primate foot anatomy and evolution provides for the first time a comprehensive review and scholarly discussion of the primate foot from multiple perspectives. It is accessible to readers at different levels of inquiry (e.g., undergraduate/graduate students, postdoctoral research, other scholars outside of biological anthropology). This volume provides an all-in-one resource for research on the comparative and functional morphology and evolution of the primate foot.

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Author Biography

Angel Zeininger is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. Her work focuses on morphological, experimental, and paleontological analysis of the foot and lower limb of primates, with a special emphasis on development. Kevin Hatala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Chatham University. He studies the fossil evidence for the evolution of primate and especially human locomotion using paleontological, and laboratory and field experimental approaches. Roshna Wunderlich is a Professor in the Department of Biology at James Madison University. Her work uses laboratory and field experimental studies to understand the function of the primate foot and locomotor ecology in primates. Daniel Schmitt is a Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. He conducts laboratory experiments on limb loading in primates to understand fundamental innovations in primate and human postcranial evolution.