Over at PLoS: Humans as Quadrupeds!
Posted by dlende on September 3, 2010
Greg has a great post over at our new home, PLoS Neuroanthropology:
Human, quadruped: Uner Tan Syndrome, part 1
The photos that accompanied news releases about quadrupedal people living in Turkey, members of a family that allegedly could not walk except on hands and feet, looked staged when I first saw them. Three women and one man scrambling across rocky ground, the women in brightly coloured clothing, the sky radiant blue behind them, their eyes forward and backsides high in the air – like children engaged in some sort of awkward race at a field day or sporting carnival.
For an anthropologist interested in human motor variation and adaptation, the family looked too good to be true…
UPDATE (Greg added):
I’m grateful to Daniel for posting the link, but the first post was just the straight set-up for the much more Neuroanthropology-esque second part, in which we open the discussion to include Faith the walking dog, Slijper’s Goat, Johnny Eck the ‘Half Boy,’ capoeira practitioners who crawl around, and other intriguing examples of exotic locomotion including human quadrupedalism, animal bipedalism, and human handwalking. If you want to, skip the first part, and go straight to: 2 legs good, 4 legs better: Uner Tan Syndrome, part 2.