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Dr. Jeremy DeSilva

As critical as they are for moving around, human feet are far from perfect. Their 26-bone structure is mechanically inefficient, and feet are prone to flat-footedness, ankle sprains and other painful conditions. The evolution of bipedalism in our human ancestors is largely to blame, Boston University’s Jeremy DeSilva said at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting.

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About Dr. Jeremy DeSilva

Dr. Jeremy DeSilva is an assistant professor in the Anthropology department at Boston University. He primarily researches how prehistoric apes and human ancestors moved by examining their bone structures and reconstructing their skeletons from fossils. This research helps to shed light on how movement has evolved in humans. Dr. DeSilva received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


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Description of Dr. DeSilva's presentation at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting >>

DeSilva’s Faculty Website >>

Related news release: 'The Scars of Human Evolution' briefing explores physical fallout from 2-footed walking >>

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