Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Napier, John Russell

British primatologist, functional anatomist; trained as an orthopaedic surgeon, Napier made significant contributions to the understanding of bipedalism, brachiation, knuckle-walking, and other subjects. Napier was also involved in the description of several major hominoid taxa such as Proconsul africanus and Homo habilis (1964). Co-author (with Prue H. Napier) of A Handbook of Living Primates (1967); author of The Roots of Mankind (1970).

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