Biomechanics in anthropology

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Berthaume, M. and Elton, S. (2024). Biomechanics in anthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews. p. e22019. https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.22019
AuthorsBerthaume, M. and Elton, S.
Abstract

Biomechanics is the set of tools that explain organismal movement and mechanical behavior and links the organism to the physicality of the world. As such, biomechanics can relate behaviors and culture to the physicality of the organism. Scale is critical to biomechanical analyses, as the constitutive equations that matter differ depending on the scale of the question. Within anthropology, biomechanics has had a wide range of applications, from understanding how we and other primates evolved to understanding the effects of technologies, such as the atlatl, and the relationship between identity, society, culture, and medical interventions, such as prosthetics. Like any other model, there is great utility in biomechanical models, but models should be used primarily for hypothesis testing and not data generation except in the rare case where models can be robustly validated. The application of biomechanics within anthropology has been extensive, and holds great potential for the future.

Year2024
JournalEvolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Journal citationp. e22019
PublisherWiley
ISSN1520-6505
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.22019
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.22019
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Deposited08 Feb 2024
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