Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Gluteus Minimus

Muscle that moves the thigh. The gluteus minimus originates from between the anterior and posterior gluteal lines of the ilium and inserts into the greater trochanter of the femur. Its action is to abduct and rotate the thigh medially; it also plays an important role, in concert with the gluteus medius, in stabilizing the coxal joint during bipedal locomotion. This is the smallest and deepest of the gluteal muscles.

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