bi·​ped·​al·​ism (ˌ)bī-ˈpe-dᵊl-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce bipedalism (audio)
: the condition of having two feet or of using only two feet for locomotion

Examples of bipedalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wheeler suspects that bipedalism also made possible two other uniquely human traits: our naked skin and large brains. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 There was debate as to which came first: upright walking or higher cognition, with the dominant view being that the evolution of the human brain preceded the development of bipedalism. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 The loss has long been associated with our transition to bipedalism, but little was known about the genetic factors that triggered primate taillessness. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 But scientists have long debated the extent of her bipedalism. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 June 2023 Humanity’s early ancestors started dabbling with bipedalism — walking on two legs — as much as 6 to 7 million years ago. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 One of the most obvious adaptations that separates humans from our close genetic relatives is bipedalism. Conor Feehly, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Kevin Hunt, a professor of anthropology at Indiana University who studies human evolution, believes bipedalism likely evolved gradually, over a million years or so. Jeff Goodell, Time, 6 July 2023 In our human ancestors, the evolution of the sweat gland is even more complex than the evolution of bipedalism. Jeff Goodell, Time, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bipedalism was in 1847

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“Bipedalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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