Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Prime Mover

1. muscle most responsible for a particular body movement.

Cf. antagonist.

2. energy source utilized by humans to accomplish work. During the Eotechnic phase the prime movers were wood, wind, and water; in the Paleotechnic phase these also included coal.

3. according to E. O. Wilson, one of the two ultimate factors that determine the direction and velocity of evolutionary change: phylogenetic inertia and ecological pressure.

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