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Appearing next to a full-scale recreation of the famous "Lucy" skeleton (Australopithecus afarensis) in Tusher African Hall, this computer animation compares the distinctive gaits of a chimpanzee, A. afarensis, and modern human, highlighting the trait of upright walking that the latter two share.
Can you spot the similarities and differences amongst the skeletons?
Lucy and chimpanzees share:
- elongated skull with small brain case
- face and jaws that jut out from the brain case
- shoulder blades and joints that are suited for climbing trees
- long arms and hands with curved fingers
Lucy and modern humans share:
- spine connection beneath the skull to keep the head steady
- robust and broad basin-shaped pelvis to support the upper body and hold it upright
- angled thigh bones that place the weight directly over strong knee joints
- compact and arched feet that support the full body weight with each step