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Did we walk on all fours once upon a time???

post #1 of 15
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This is the strangest thing Ive seen in awhile. Not sure if it means that these people are some type of link to our history of evolution, or that this is just a strange genetic mutation. The wonders never cease.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770
post #2 of 15
Wow, that's pretty wild.
I wonder what kind of musculoskeletal issues these people face a a result of (or cause of) their 4-legged walk...? The article said they are all mentally retarded, and their parents are closely related...how sad.
post #3 of 15
I walked on all fours yesterday... comming home from the bar!
post #4 of 15
That's really interesting.

Because I can see a train of thought that this thread could follow, I'll go ahead and move it to IMO now.
post #5 of 15
I dont think we walked on all fours like a dog or cat but I do think earlier in the evolutionary process we walked like a modern day primate..
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Originally Posted by I_Enjoy_Cats
I walked on all fours yesterday... comming home from the bar!
youre badddddddddddd....and thats called "crawling".
post #7 of 15
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Now I am wondering if they are, skelton wise, like most other people, or do they have some deformity that makes them do this, like some unfortunate people with spina bifida.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by I_Enjoy_Cats
I walked on all fours yesterday... comming home from the bar!

post #9 of 15
I saw a report about this on the German news tonight - a genetic defect has caused the part of the brain which controls movement to be half the normal size in these siblings, according to the German researchers who've been studying them.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by I_Enjoy_Cats
I walked on all fours yesterday... comming home from the bar!
yeah, i saw some people walking like that last saturday night,but they stood upright after awhile.


No ,but seriously,it does make you wonder,Walking like that must play hell on their backs and surely they would have digestive problems? Strange.......
post #11 of 15
I'm not sure I'm quite right about this (I'm a biochemist, not an evolutionary biologist), but humans have some very primitive instincts retained within our spinal cords. I think these include things like sex, bladder control, and walking. Perhaps there's some reversion - it would be interested to characterize other things in the family as well.

This is going to bug me... now I want to find out what that primitive thing is I'm thinking of. : P
post #12 of 15
It makes sense to me. We have weird musculoskeletal things from walking *upright* - stuff like lower back and knee problems.
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post #14 of 15
Last I read about this, they were saying essentially it's a genetic mutation, not a throwback.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by semiferal
It makes sense to me. We have weird musculoskeletal things from walking *upright* - stuff like lower back and knee problems.
Not to mention foot issues, weak ankles, screwy hips....
We just haven't been walking upright long enough for evolution to work out the bugs!
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