An Athlete's Posture: A Discussion of the Evolutionary Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Trunk Alignment in Dancers

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Title:
An Athlete's Posture: A Discussion of the Evolutionary Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Trunk Alignment in Dancers
Author:
Griggs, Rocio Belen
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Bipedalism has been discussed and disputed for as long as anthropology has existed. The question remains, however, why did bipedalism evolve? Anthropologists have been unable to find a definitive answer. In an attempt to answer this question, a dancer’s plasticity is discussed after Homo sapien evolution is briefly compared to a chimpanzee’s current body structure. It is argued that dance may have been the intermediary point for the shift from quadrupedalism to bipedalism due to the physical attractiveness of mating dances acting as selectors of mates and consequent genes, as well as the intellectual and emotional benefits of dance.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.titleAn Athlete's Posture: A Discussion of the Evolutionary Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Trunk Alignment in Dancersen_US
dc.creatorGriggs, Rocio Belenen_US
dc.contributor.authorGriggs, Rocio Belenen_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractBipedalism has been discussed and disputed for as long as anthropology has existed. The question remains, however, why did bipedalism evolve? Anthropologists have been unable to find a definitive answer. In an attempt to answer this question, a dancer’s plasticity is discussed after Homo sapien evolution is briefly compared to a chimpanzee’s current body structure. It is argued that dance may have been the intermediary point for the shift from quadrupedalism to bipedalism due to the physical attractiveness of mating dances acting as selectors of mates and consequent genes, as well as the intellectual and emotional benefits of dance.en_US
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dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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