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How Mothers Carry Their Babies: Shaping Our Species, Past and Present

Dr. Katherine Whitcome studies how mothers in the human present and in the ancestral past carry their dependent offspring over long distances. Via a weighted doll and treadmill, she records maternal performance as it is captured by infrared cameras trained on reflective markers.

Musculoskeletal modelBody movements are later reconstructed in 3D space where stride lengths and energetic costs are measured.

The result: Fascinating links between anatomy and performance with diverse research methodologies including musculoskeletal models and primate field study.



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