Flat-footed competitors have fighting advantage

Great apes' heel-down posture helps support their body weight as they stand, walk and run. A heel-down posture -- a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates -- confers advantages in fighting, according to a new study published today in the journal Biology Open.
Standing with heels planted allows more swinging force when fighting, says biologist David Carrier of the University of Utah, lead author of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. In contrast, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190923&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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