Perhaps it is time that we shift focus away from seeking to explain the evolution of hominin bipedalism within polarised discussions of 'knuckle walking ancestor versus other to consider the extent of adaptive diversity in locomotor behaviours, postures and postcrania
in the Miocene ape radiation more broadly.
Previous field class participants have recovered numerous fossils in the field area, including two skulls of the crocodile-like phytosaur Redondasaurus, armor plates and postcrania
from a new heavily armored aetosaur, remains of a large predatory rauisuchian, and several hip and limb bones of one of the earliest dinosaurs.
The great divides: Ardipithecus ramidus reveals the postcrania
of our last common ancestors with African apes.