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Mechanics of Throwing

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Published on Jun 25, 2013

The ability to throw an object with great speed and accuracy is a uniquely human adaptation, one that Harvard researchers say played a key role in our evolution. In a paper published June 26 in Nature, a research team led by Neil Roach, who recently received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and Daniel Lieberman, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences find that a suite of changes to the human body enabled early humans to throw -- a skill that became critical to hunting, and helped our ancestors become part-time carnivores, and which later paved the way for a host of later adaptations, including increases in brain size and migration out of Africa.

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