Category: Jeremy DeSilva

Our closest ape-like ancestor went back to the trees

April 12th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, New Scientist, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

Our closest non-human ancestor lived in South Africa…

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“From a distance I’m not sure one would notice differences between sediba and human walking. But if you could get closer you might notice something. It wouldn’t heel-strike like a modern human does. It would take short, quick steps. And there would also be a tremendous amount of rotation and inward twisting of the foot, knee and hip.”

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Fossils show ‘weird’ mosaic of chimp-human traits

April 12th, 2013 in 2013, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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She walked with a knock-kneed gait, with a heel like a chimp but the upright posture of a human, and she may provide the most complete evidence yet of early man’s closest ancestor, scientists said Thursday…

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“They have the anatomy that allows them to do this and to do it well.”

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BU researcher’s finding alters view of walking’s evolution

April 12th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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For the past year, Jeremy DeSilva has been getting quizzical looks from students as he walks around the Boston University campus with an odd, wobbly gait: landing on the outer edge of his foot, then rolling his weight inward with each step…

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“I feel like I can understand the forces acting on her body better if I try to emulate the way she walked.”

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Ancient creature mixed human, apelike traits

April 11th, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Scientists have gained new insights into an extinct South African creature with an intriguing mix of human and apelike traits, and apparently an unusual way of walking. But they still haven’t pinned down where it fits on our evolutionary family tree…

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“I didn’t think you could have this combination, that hand with that pelvis with that foot… And yet, there it is.”

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Why your back, feet hurt: blame evolution

February 20th, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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The fact that many people’s backs and feet hurt is news that’s millions of years old…

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“We’ve known for a long time, since Darwin’s time, that humans have evolved, and that humans are not perfect, because evolution doesn’t produce perfection.”

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Science And Beauty In Boston: A Weekend of Whales, Tomatoes, and Dark Matter

February 19th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Thousands of scientists descended on Boston on Presidents Day weekend to show off their research, talk shop and contemplate the future at the 2013 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science…

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“In my opinion, this is completely wrong. Science gives us a way to examine our world — not the way we want it to be, but the way it actually is – a world that is astonishingly old, complex, and yes, beautiful.”

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Would you be better off with ostrich feet?

February 19th, 2013 in 2013, BBC, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

Our feet are incredibly badly designed, according to a researcher speaking at a US science conference in Boston…

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Origins of alcohol consumption traced to ape ancestor

February 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, Science News 0 comments

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The taste for alcohol may be an ancient craving…

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“There’s very little fossil evidence from the general time period when humans, gorillas and chimpanzees last shared a common ancestor. This is cool work. We’ll be able to evaluate it with better evidence as we find more fossils from that time period.”

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Human Evolution: Gain Came With Pain

February 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Science Magazine 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

Humans are the most successful primates on the planet, but our bodies wouldn’t win many awards for good design…

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“This anatomy isn’t what you’d design from scratch. Evolution works with duct tape and paper clips.”

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Suffering from a bad back or painful wisdom tooth? You should blame evolution

February 15th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Daily Mail, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Our climb to the top of the evolutionary tree to become the planet’s most intelligent species has not come without its drawbacks…

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“Many human foot problems are a result of our evolutionary history. In other words, we are not very well designed, because we were not designed.”

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