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Research Article

The Advantage of Standing Up to Fight and the Evolution of Habitual Bipedalism in Hominins

  • David R. Carrier mail

    carrier@biology.utah.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Published: May 18, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019630

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a martial arts perspective

Posted by roverill on 20 May 2011 at 13:47 GMT

external martial artists (e.g. students of gong fu and karate) have long recognized that a disproportionately greater effect is achieved when the human torso is struck downwards at an angle of about 45 degrees from the front and upwards at a similar angle from the rear, compared with orthogonal strikes with the same energy content. Since the majority of fighting scenarios take place within the context of a face-to-face confrontation, the ability of a taller man to strike downwards at the front of his opponent will necessarily enhance the effect of his blows on his opponent's torso in comparison with a man of the same height whose blows will land approximately orthogonally.

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