Variability and the form-function framework in evolutionary biomechanics and human locomotion

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Alison A.
dc.date.accessioned 2023-02-07T19:44:21Z
dc.date.available 2023-02-07T19:44:21Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Murray, A. A. (2022). “Variability and the form-function framework in evolutionary biomechanics and human locomotion.” Evolutionary Human Sciences, 4, E29. https://doi.org/10.1017/ehs.2022.28 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1017/ehs.2022.28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/14763
dc.description.abstract The form–function conceptual framework, which assumes a strong relationship between the structure of a particular trait and its function, has been crucial for understanding morphological variation and locomotion among extant and fossil species across many disciplines. In biological anthropology, it is the lens through which many important questions and hypotheses have been tackled with respect to relationships between morphology and locomotor kinematics, energetics and performance. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that the morphologies of fossil hominins, apes and humans can confer considerable locomotor diversity and flexibility, and can do so with a range of kinematics depending on soft tissue plasticity and environmental and cultural factors. This complexity is not built into traditional biomechanical or mathematical models of relationships between structure and kinematics or energetics, limiting our interpretation of what bone structure is telling us about behaviour in the past. The nine papers presented in this Special Collection together address some of the challenges that variation in the relationship between form and function pose in evolutionary biomechanics, to better characterise the complexity linking structure and function and to provide tools through which we may begin to incorporate some of this complexity into our functional interpretations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Evolutionary Human Sciences en_US
dc.subject Biomechanics en_US
dc.subject human evolution en_US
dc.subject bipedalism en_US
dc.subject kinematics en_US
dc.subject functional morphology en_US
dc.title Variability and the form-function framework in evolutionary biomechanics and human locomotion en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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