The funny thing about bipedalism is we're the only ones now who do it it(feck off if you mention birds
) among the apes. It seems to have been an advantageous adaptation and at one point there were many species, seven or more IIRC so far discovered that were out at the same time who were upright walkers of a hominid form. This is pretty much the first time in bipedal and hominid history that there is only one hominid on the planet. Go back 150,000 years and there were three we know of. If the "hobbit" and associated legends are to be believed up to 12000 years ago there was another and the locals say that they even may have lasted until historical times.
I have to say though for all my skeptical take on the interpretation of the finds, this is a monumental discovery in our human ancestry. It's such a pity that it seems to be only a small area in Africa where we can get this stuff. Where elsewhere is more written of our past? That said it's amazing that we even have that, so few are the remains of hominids from any era. From homo habilis on we have places where you damn near have to search for ordinary rocks among the tools of that hominid, yet of them we have so so little and even the association with their tools is a pretty loose one. Turkana boy http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...urkana_Boy.jpg
is probably the most complete skeleton of an early hominid(erectus). He's pretty much more complete than any neandertal skeleton we have. Bloody magnificent looking bugger he is too.
*start of wistful and wishful thinking*....All the talk over the years of "bigfoot" "wildmen" and the "yeti" (even trolls in europe) may be a race memory of the idea of the other bipedal creatures. Interestingly the idea or legends of wildmen do not show up in isolated islands. So no legends in hawaii or new zealand etc. Marco polo said he saw a captured one on his travels. Not a great witness you say, but he was pretty accurate in his zoological descriptions(amazing for his time actually) and he saw the primitive prizewalskis horse long before it was described or accepted by western science. It always fascinated me the idea that maybe, just maybe there may be some still left. Before I get moved to the paranormal forum
No less an authority than Dr Jane Goodall is also fascinated by some of the reports of wildmen and behaviour reported and has spoken of her interest more than once
Only recently there was an expedition to Sumatra looking for the Orang Pendek. http://www.extreme-expeditions.com/j...26791866939117
Personally for me the most promising as some good witnesses have reported seeing it. Including an eminent Orang utan field researcher. It's reported not to have feet like a human either more like Ardi. Another detail that intrigues. Nor is it 10foot tall either. God luv me but here's a pic of the footprint. I know I know I'm going to be banned it's from the Sun *hangs head in shame* http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...-by-Brits.html
Its only in the early part of the 20th century that the mountain gorilla was finally taken out of the realms of legend and the "Lion killer" chimps of the Congo have only been very
recently described this century and little is still known of them. They're much bigger than normal chimps and have saggital crests.
Oh to see an Ardi type creature in the flesh. One helluva rush and strange feeling, so I for one have a little hope that they're not just a race memory and somewhere tonight in some remote place something bipedal may still walk. *end wishful and wistful rant*