Evolved to run

Heel bones hint that humans could run farther than Neandertals

By Stephen Ornes, 18:41 PM February 23, 2011

Neandertals and ancient Homo sapiens probably did not compete against each other in track and field events, though we may never know for certain. But it's tempting to consider, and a recent study gives us a way to bet on the winners of such a match-up.

Ancient Homo sapiens would probably have won long-distance races, while Neandertals might have dominated hilly courses and jumping events.

That's because of the shapes of their heel bones, say a team of scientists from the University of Ar...

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