Topic: Liza Shapiro

Walking on All Fours Is Not Backward Evolution, Study Shows

July 16, 2014

Contradicting earlier claims, "The Family That Walks on All Fours," a group of quadrupedal humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary, have simply adapted to their inability to walk upright and do not represent an example of backward evolution, according to new research by Liza Shapiro, an anthropologist at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Extinct Ancient Ape Did Not Walk Like a Human, Study Shows

July 25, 2013

For decades, the movement of an ancient ape species called Oreopithecus bambolii has been a matter of debate for scientists. Did it walk like a human across its swampy Mediterranean island or did it move through the trees like other apes?

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Learning from lemurs

June 29, 2011
Learning from lemurs

Ten thousand miles away on the island of Madagascar, anthropologist Rebecca Lewis studies primates and boosts the local economy.

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Professor Wins "Ig Nobel" for Study of Pregnant Women

Oct. 12, 2009
Liza Shapiro

Anthropologist Liza Shapiro and two fellow researchers won an Ig Nobel Prize -- dedicated to "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think" -- for a 2007 study on the evolutionary reasons pregnant women don't tip over.

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Anthropologist Wins "Ig Nobel" Prize for Study of Why Pregnant Women Don't Tip Over

Oct. 2, 2009

University of Texas at Austin anthropologist Liza Shapiro and two fellow researchers on Thursday won an Ig Nobel Prize--dedicated to "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think"--for a 2007 study on the evolutionary reasons pregnant women don't tip over.

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