First Monkeys On Two Legs

In our video for this week we explore a tribe of monkeys that frequently stand up in a similar way that we humans do. This shows one theory of how humans may have evolved to stand on two legs. Whether you agree with this theory or not, this is a very interesting thing to think about. Watch the video and then tell us how do you think it may have happened?

Watch as Charlotte Uhlenbroek explains a bit about the behavior and habits of these monkeys, and shows us their lives. Very interesting stuff in this short video.

This video was uploaded to YouTube on April 4, 2008 by BBC Worldwide. If you can't see the video above, we also have a link to the YouTube page for this video.

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  1. Seems plausible to me. There's also this 3 legged bear walking upright ( It seems that various animals are capable of it if it's useful or they need to. I guess it's quite possible that prehumans found it useful for a long time, so they got really good at it.

  2. Do you mean we copied the monkeys Ratty?

  3. @Comment1
    That is an excellent vide in your link. I wonder what influence the upright walking is having on the cub that's with the grown bear. I'm going to try to investigate it a bit further.

    @Don't unplug your hub
    It's quite possible that we did, but I think our ancestors had their own unique reason for walking upright. I think it's tied in with the lack of fur we humans have.


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