Evolutionary Biomechanics of Human Walking

Our lab has a worldwide reputation for using rigorous engineering-based quantitative techniques to understand the origins and evolution of the most characteristic and unique feature of human beings, their upright bipedal walking. Our techniques run from state of the art computer modelling, see below, to studies of ancient (up to 3.65 million year old) footprint trails  and experimental studies of footprint formation and foot-pressure, using analytical techniques drawn from functional MRI, and our work has been featured on BBC programmes including Prehistoric Autopsy and recently, Dissected: the Incredible Human Foot

 

Project Lead: Robin Crompton