In a recent research at the University of Liverpool in the UK publishes in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Karl Bates and a team of researchers have analysed how a footprint is associated with the way an animal or early human walked.
Until now the depth of the footprint was directly connected to the pressure of the body which created it. However, the study shows that the correlation of the foot pressure and footprint depth is more complicated than what was initially thought. Using sophisticated computer algorithms and models as well as live data from people walking, they have correlated foot print depths with pressure, showing that different parts of the foot create different size indentations.
The results indicated that previous ideas on early human gait have to be rethought.
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