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Ardipithecus hand provides evidence that humans and chimpanzees evolved from an ancestor with suspensory adaptations

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Science Advances  24 Feb 2021:
Vol. 7, no. 9, eabf2474
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abf2474

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  • RE: Aquarboreal early hominoids

    Thanks a lot. :-) This article beautifully confirms the Aquarboreal Hypothesis (aqua=water, arbor=tree) that many Mio-Pliocene hominoids were vertical waders-climbers in swamp/flooded/coastal forests: apparently they already waded bipedally in shallow water, but also climbed arms overhead in the branches above, possibly not unlike extant apes still do occasionally, google e.g. "gorilla bai" or "bonobog wading".
    See our TREE paper Verhaegen, Puech & Munro 2002 "Aquarboreal Ancestors?" Trends Ecol.Evol.17:212-217, google "aquarboreal", or for an update google "ape & human evolution PPT verhaegen".

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