Red-Ape Stroll

Orangutans step into the evolutionary fray over how we became upright

By Bruce Bower, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

Look, up in the trees. A barrel-chested, long-limbed creature covered with wispy, reddish hair sits on a branch far above the ground. The animal rises to a fully erect posture, reaches up to grab an overhead branch for balance, and promenades across the precarious platform. Upon reaching a cluster of hanging fruit, the animal plucks off a snack with a free hand.

Still standing, it consumes the treat with gusto. Then it saunters back the way it came, striding from one padded foot to the other ...

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