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The evolutionary history of jogging

March, 2010

Humans are incredible long distance runners but running shoes are a relatively new addition to the running scene.  Humans evolved to run barefoot and recent work has demonstrated that we run very differently in shoes or bare feet. By studying how we move under different conditions, evolutionary anthropologists can learn how and why injuries occur and potentially how to avoid them.  Dr. Daniel Schmitt, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University talked about his work in this area.  (13 minutes)

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