1 in 13 Humans Have Feet Like Apes
Floppy feet offer small piece of evolutionary puzzle
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2013 3:58 PM CDT
A five-week-old baby chimpanzee named Sule clings to his mother Sacha at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

(Newser) – No one wants to be told their feet look like an ape's, but scientists say that many humans' do, and there's a good reason why: It's evolution, baby. Humans typically have rigid feet, held together by stiff ligaments, explains the BBC. But researchers studied the feet of almost 400 visitors to the Boston Museum of Science, and found that 1 in 13 had "floppy" feet like a chimpanzee, with flexible mid-sections that result in a flatter, bendier foot—perfect for climbing trees, the scientists reported in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

"The best way to see this is if you're walking on the beach and leaving footprints, the middle portion of your footprint would have a big ridge that might show your foot is actually folding in that area," says one of the researchers. He says that a fossil of a million-year-old human ancestor also has this foot structure. "We are using variation in humans today as a model for understanding what this human creature 2 million years ago was doing," he explains.

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clmsman
Jun 4, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
Chimp faces also seen one this morning.
homer57
Jun 4, 2013 7:45 AM CDT
OK: Let's say that man did evolve from a monkey: my question: if he did, then where did the ape come from and where/whom did he evolve from and, now lets go back to as far back as some say all that is in the earth evolved from...where did it come from...was it a primordeal soup, and was it a Big bang "THEORY" (NOT a LAW) was it slung out of a Hot gas ball called the sun..DOES that thoery violate the Laws of thermodynamics? Did all these planets and satelites/moons come from a BANG of compressd mass...that's one heck of a bang... so how is it that NOT all planets rotate in the same direction and how did the planets just STOP in mid air after that explosion and start to rotate in a vacuum and airless environment etc How does any life come from a soup of chemicals...This can go on for al long time but before I say that evolution is a false as a styrofoam nails or rubber screwdriver, let me tell you what PROVES EVOLUTION FALSE: In ONE WORD: Granite....the composititon of granite makes it IMPOSSIBLE for man to duplicate...he can do so w/diamonds or many other substances but he can't duplicate GRANITE!! The sign of a diseased mind is one that believes life came from dead things or contaneous combustion, or from NOTHING all by itself! Let me stop and just say...evolution is as false as me being born on July 4th of 2014 !!
lokimotion
Jun 4, 2013 5:41 AM CDT
kind of a lame promotion of Darwin 's lunacy. Apes are still here and no missing links smart enough to even wear sandals.