Locomotion of fossil hominines using musculoskeletal simulation of the forelimbs
Reassessing the functions of forelimbs in australopiths
and early members of the genus Homo in order to clarify the adaptive and evolutionary context
for the emergence of our genus.
- Guillaume DAVER (PALEVOPRIM)
Type of project
The LocHoSiM research project is funded by the region Nouvelle Aquitaine, 2020-2023.
LOCHOSIM aims at: i) developing the first model of the forelimb muscle and skeleton in fossil hominins, ii) studying the biomechanics and osteology of climbing activities in humans and chimpanzees, iii) apply to newly-described fossil hominins. All these data will allow testing the stability of fossil hominines forelimbs during simulated climbing activities.
The project will be initiated with Alicia Blasi-Toccacceli’s PhD thesis, from the 1sr october 2020.
The research project LocHoSiM articulates with the ANR project HOMTECH and the program OGRE. It benefits from a local network composed of several members of PALEVOPRIM lab (coordination), the RoBioSS team (Institut PPrime) and the zoological park « La Vallée des Singes ».