The femoral bicondylar angle is often associated with bipedality in the fossil record because it forms during ontogeny as the result of biomechanical stress. However, the exact mechanisms responsible for its formation remain unknown. Two dominant theories based on static models are assumed in the literature, one focused on skeletal architecture at the proximal femur and one on architecture at the distal femur. The proposed relationships have never been statistically analyzed. This study aims to investigate several of the skeletal measurements at the proximal and distal femur often associated with the theories on the formation of the bicondylar angle, in order to determine if correlations do exist between them and the degree of bicondylar angle in adulthood.
|Advisor:||Warrener, Anna G.|
|Commitee:||Musiba, Charles, Orr, Caley|
|School:||University of Colorado at Denver|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bioarchaeology, Biological anthropology, Boimechanics, Osteology, Paleoarchaeology, Physical anthropology|
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