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Old June 1 2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

A resent small sample study at the Boston Museum of Science (published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) of the feet of 398 visitors showed that 1 in 13 of the participants possess structures in their feet somewhat similar to the midtarsal break in the feet of chimpanzees and other apes.

This makes the middle part of the foot bend more easily as the subject pushes off to propel themselves on to their next step. This is what makes it easier for apes (and monkeys too) to move through trees.

If you place your thumb next to your index finger of curve your hand slightly, that what the study says that some people can do with their feet, but most can't.

I've always have been able to do this, as can all my brothers and sisters, and about a quarter to a third of my relatives on my father side of my family. No one on my mother's side apparent can.

How many here can curve their feet into a gripping shape?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22728014

Below is easier to read version of the article.

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Old June 1 2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

I can pick up just about anything with my feet, yes. If I'm barefoot, I can straighten rugs without stopping, while picking up one of my nephew's toys to throw in the toy bin, without using my hands. My OCD loves me for it.
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Old June 2 2013, 01:04 AM   #3
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle.
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Old June 2 2013, 01:24 AM   #4
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

I'm having a hard time telling if I fit the description. I certainly can do more things with my feet than I'd be willing to discuss.
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Old June 2 2013, 06:09 AM   #5
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

Kestra wrote: View Post
I'm having a hard time telling if I fit the description. I certainly can do more things with my feet than I'd be willing to discuss.
Pictures?
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Old June 2 2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

No, I just have crow's feet, which aren't nearly as much fun.
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Old June 2 2013, 06:27 AM   #7
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

scotpens wrote: View Post
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I'm having a hard time telling if I fit the description. I certainly can do more things with my feet than I'd be willing to discuss.
Pictures?
Pictures of ... my feet?

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No, I just have crow's feet, which aren't nearly as much fun.
Aww I'm sure you look great.
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Old June 2 2013, 10:07 AM   #8
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

Nitpick, most people possess ape-feet. Given that humans are apes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae

(aka: The Great Apes)

Yes I know they are referring to other member of the ape family, and not humans.
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Old June 2 2013, 02:03 PM   #9
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^ Nerd!

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Old June 2 2013, 06:37 PM   #10
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

I don't really understand this "test" to see if you have special feet or not, so I can't say whether or not I do.
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Old June 2 2013, 06:39 PM   #11
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

So, how can I use this to help my band better roll step?
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Old June 2 2013, 11:48 PM   #12
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

I'm sure how I'm supposed to be able to tell. I can pick stuff up with my feet easily. So easily that I got upset with a scene in The Walking Dead season finale because I would have been out of that chair in a few minutes.
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Old June 2 2013, 11:56 PM   #13
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

So ... does this mean that ape-footed people are less evolved?

If so, I'm claiming my place at the top of the evolutionary chain.
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Old June 3 2013, 02:19 AM   #14
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

I tell people I have prehensile toes. I can pick up pretty much anything with them (anything not too big, anyway).
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Old June 3 2013, 04:33 AM   #15
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Re: 1 in 13 people possess "ape-feet" ... do you?

My feet aren't flexible at all. They're flat as pancakes; I literally have NO arches in my feet. They're less like ape feet and more like flippers.
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