Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bent-knee Gait

Type of bipedal locomotion that the earliest hominids (genus Australopithecus) are pre-sumed to have used. In a bent-knee gait, the knee is flexed, rather than locked in extension as in modern humans. This type of locomotion is seen in living chimpanzees when they attempt to walk bipedally. Aka bent-hip bent-knee gait.

See striding gait.

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