April Fool’s Day comes early this year…

…as the BBC finds a family walking on all fours in Turkey. With genes for bipedalism and breakthroughs in evolutionary science at first glance this intriuging story has all the hallmarks of pseudoscience or maybe some interdisciplinary confusion. Bipedalism involves neuroanatomical adaptations to the skeleton and the central nervous system. The family’s cerebellar ataxia could indicate that walking on all fours is an adaptation to changes in balance and coordination. Evidence from stroke patients shows how quickly the human brain can adapt through reconfiguration after cerebral insult. The Beeb shows the documentary on BBC2 on 17 March at 2100. Could make an interesting talking point for St Patrick’s Day when we shall all probably be crawling back from the “Shaggy Sheep” on all fours!


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