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Arches of Our Ancestor "Lucy"

Interesting article about "Lucy", or Australopithecus Afarensis, and a new fossil find that determines she stood upright because of the existence of arches in the feet of A. Afarensis. The interesting part of the article to barefoot runners is the explanation of the biological function of the arches in our ancestors feet. Something we have, for some reason (marketing), decided to negate in the design of modern running shoes.


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interesting article thanks for posting it Jerry. I find it very interesting that the foot would have so many joints.....connection points considering the forces applied to it. If we engineer something we would look at those connection points as possible weak links. Indeed if you look at the replacement feet for amputee runners they are one piece curved steel.

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