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Humans are bipedal, which means we walk using two legs. This gave humans an adaptive advantage during the evolution of humankind. Being bipedal gave humans additional speed, balance and flexibility used for walking, hunting or traveling long distances. However, we may have lost the ability to climb or swing in trees like other primates. How much faster can you go when you are bipedal? Have a race with your friends using two legs, and then four legs (use your arms as your 3rd and 4th legs). Calculate the average time and compare. How much faster can you go? Why do you think being bipedal had an evolutionary advantage?
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Science Buddies Staff. "Pedalism and Movement." Science Buddies, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Zoo_p035/zoology/pedalism-and-movement. Accessed 23 May 2022.

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