Energetic cost of walking in fossil hominins

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Vidal-Cordasco, M.; Mateos, A.; Zorrilla-Revilla, G.; Prado-Nóvoa, O.; Rodríguez, J.
Year of Publication: 2017
Journal: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume: 164
Pagination: 609–622
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1096-8644
Keywords: bioenergetics, efficiency, Locomotion, Mobility, pelvis

Many biomechanical studies consistently show that a broader pelvis increases the reaction forces and bending moments across the femoral shaft, increasing the energetic costs of unloaded locomotion. However, a biomechanical model does not provide the real amount of metabolic energy expended in walking. The aim of this study is to test the influence of pelvis breadth on locomotion cost and to evaluate the locomotion efficiency of extinct Pleistocene hominins.

DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23301