Baby we were born to run !

Discussion in 'Sports, Adventure Training and Events' started by Goatman, Nov 19, 2004.

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer Bruce Springsteen had it right all along then....

    From Sky News today:


    Humans were born to run, acquiring the shape they have today to help them compete with four-legged carnivores on Africa's vast savannah, scientists believe.

    While dogs and cats may turn on unbeatable bursts of speed, humans can outperform them over long distances.

    This endurance ability is no accident, say US scientists.

    New evidence suggests that an alternative name for Homo sapiens might be Marathon Man - a creature uniquely adapted for long distance running.

    Biologist Professor Dennis Bramble, from the University of Utah, whose research is published in the journal Nature, said: "We think running is one of the most transforming events in human history.

    "We are arguing the emergence of humans is tied to the evolution of running."

    Professor Bramble and colleague Professor Daniel Lieberman, from Harvard University, examined 26 features that assist running, including spring-like tendons and ligaments, foot and toe structures that help the feet to "push off" the ground and large buttocks for stability.

    Skeletal and muscle features also made the human body stronger, more stable, and able to run more efficiently without overheating.

    Scientists have tended to dismiss running as a factor in human evolution because humans are such poor sprinters compared with many other animals.

    But high speed is not always important, say the Harvard professors.

    Endurance running may have evolved in human ancestors so they could pursue prey over long distances long before the invention of arrows and spears.

    ...hmmm....wonder if Harvard and Utah are sponsored by NIKE ?

    Le Chevre - (agile, mobile and hostile - like any old goat)
  2. and here was me thinking Army birds had big arrses because they were fat

  3. presumably this doesn't include a non-retractable kidney-wiper?

    Nothing worse than running up the nudist beach with it whacking against yer knees...

    (naafi bar here we come....)