bi·​ped·​al·​ism | \ (ˌ)bī-ˈpe-dᵊl-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce bipedalism (audio) \

Definition of bipedalism

: the condition of having two feet or of using only two feet for locomotion

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Recent Examples on the Web Other maladies may be traced back to the origin of bipedalism. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Early species were adapted to climbing as well as bipedalism; later species had more specialized diets of tough, fibrous food. National Geographic, 30 Jan. 2020 Explaining bipedalism Rudapithecus lived during the Miocene, a moderately warm period that ended between 8 million and 5 million years ago. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2019 As such, any links to our own bipedalism look much less clear-cut. Vivien Shaw, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2019 For example, orangutans use clambering, upright or horizontal climbing, suspensory swinging, and assisted bipedalism (walking upright using hands for support). Vivien Shaw, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2019 But among primates, is bipedalism unique to hominins? Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian, 13 Dec. 2019 Thus, perhaps dinosaurs making the transition from bipedalism walked in such a way, too—walking on their palms with hyperextended fingers. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 1 June 2015 Evolution gave human ancestors big brains and bipedalism, among other attributes that our species has retained to this day. NBC News, 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bipedalism

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Bipedalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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