Definition of bipedality in English:



  • See bipedal

    • ‘The hominid fossil record shows a very clear progression in all of the key human traits - brain size relative to body size, bipedality, dentition, the use of tools, and cultural sophistication - from the miocene primates to modern humans.’
    • ‘They state that the australopithecine material has been poorly interpreted because of preconceived notions, and that australopithecine bipedality may have been quite different from and unrelated to human bipedality.’
    • ‘The most eagerly sought after evidence in fossil ‘hominids’ is any anatomical feature that suggests bipedality (the ability to walk on two legs).’
    • ‘Postural bipedalism, similar to that displayed by chimpanzees, could possibly have originated in arboreal or terrestrial feeding situations in wooded environments and was subsequently modified to locomotor bipedality.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, determining whether bipedalism was the cause of increased velocity, or simply a behavioral by-product, is difficult, as bipedality increased with stride number.’
    • ‘Thus, bipedality of terrestrial theropods and birds must be convergent, and all hindlimb, pelvis, and tail characters can be discounted.’