Adaptations au lancer
Born to Throw: The Ecological Causes that Shaped the Evolution of Throwing In Humans (PDF)
Lombardo & Deaner
The quarterly review of biology, 2018
Humans are the only species capable of powerful and accurate overhand throwing. However, the evolution of this ability remains underexplored. Here we draw on several lines of evidence—anatomical, archeological, cross-species comparisons, and ethnographic—to develop a scenario for the evolution of
throwing. Throwing has deep roots in the primate lineage. Nonhuman primates throw projectiles during agonistic interactions but rarely to subdue prey. Thus, we argue that throwing first arose during agonistic interactions and was later incorporated into hunting by human ancestors. The fossil record indicates that anatomical adaptations for high-speed throwing in Homo first appeared about two million years ago. Once the effective use of projectile weapons became critical to success in combat and hunting, the importance of the ability to throw, intercept, and dodge projectiles would have resulted in stronger selection on males than females to become proficient at these skills because males throw projectiles more often than females in both combat and hunting.
On The Evolution of The Sex Differences in Throwing: Throwing is a Male Adaptation in Humans [PDF]
Lombardo & Deaner
The quarterly review of biology, 2018
The development of the ability to throw projectiles for distance, speed, and accuracy was a watershed event in human evolution. We hypothesize that throwing first arose in threat displays and during fighting and later was incorporated into hunting by members of the Homo lineage because nonhuman primates often throw projectiles during agonistic interactions and only rarely in attempts to subdue prey. Males, who threw more often than females in both combat and hunting, would have been under stronger selection than females to become proficient at the ability to throw, intercept, and dodge projectiles as throwing skills became critical to success in combat and hunting. Therefore, we predict that males, more than females, should display innate anatomical and behavioral traits associated with throwing. We use data from a variety of disciplines to discuss: the sex differences in throwing speed, distance, and accuracy; sex differences in the development of the throwing motion; inability of training or cultural influences to erase the sex differences in throwing; sex differences in the use of throwing in sports, combat, and hunting; and sex differences in anatomical traits associated with throwing that are partly responsible for male throwing superiority. These data contradict the view held by many commentators that socialization rather than innate sex differences in ability are primarily responsible for male throwing superiority. We suggest that throwing is a male adaptation.
Throwing, the Shoulder, and Human Evolution [Abstract]
John E Kuhn
American Journal of orthopedics, 2016
Throwing with accuracy and speed is a skill unique to humans. Throwing has many advantages and the ability to throw has likely been promoted through natural selection in the evolution of humans. There are many unsolved questions regarding the anatomy of the human shoulder. The purpose of this article is to review many of these mysteries and propose that the answer to these questions can be understood if one views the shoulder as a joint that has evolved to throw.
Clavicle length, throwing performance and the reconstruction of the Homo erectus shoulder [Texte]
Roach & Richmond
Journal of human evolution, 2015
Our data show that all H. erectus fossil clavicles fall within the normal range of modern human variation. We find that a commonly used metric for normalizing clavicle length, the claviculohumeral ratio, poorly predicts shoulder position on the torso. Furthermore, no significant relationship between clavicle length and any measure of throwing performance was found. These data support reconstructing the H. erectus shoulder as modern human-like, with a laterally facing glenoid, and suggest that the capacity for high speed throwing dates back nearly two million years.
“I sing of arms and of a man…”: medial epicondylosis and the sexual division of labour in prehistoric Europe [PDF]
Villotte & Knüsel
Journal of archaeological science, 2014
This indicates that males, but not females, preferentially employed movements involving throwing motions in these hunter-gatherer and early farming groups. Based on this evidence we postulate the existence of a persistent sexual division of labour in these prehistoric European populations involving one or several strenuous activities linked to unilateral limb use.
Upper body contributions to power generation during rapid, overhand throwing in humans [PDF]
Roach & Lieberman
Journal of experimental biology, 2014
High-speed and accurate throwing is a distinctive human behavior.Achieving fast projectile speeds during throwing requires acombination of elastic energy storage at the shoulder, as well as thetransfer of kinetic energy from proximal body segments to distalsegments.
[…] ogether, ourdata also suggest that heavy reliance on elastic energy storage mayhelp explain some common throwing injuries and can provide furtherinsight into the evolution of the upper body and when our ancestorsfirst developed the ability to produce high-speed throws.
Le lancer particulièrement efficace de projectiles n’est pas qu’une simple compétence humaine, c’est aussi le résultat d’un ensemble d’adaptations anatomiques.
Elastic energy storage in the shoulder and the evolution of high-speed throwing in Homo [Texte]
Roach et al.
Here we use experimental studies of humans throwing projectiles to show that our throwing capabilities largely result from several derived anatomical features that enable elastic energy storage and release at the shoulder. These features first appear together approximately 2 million years ago in the species Homo erectus. Taking into consideration archaeological evidence suggesting that hunting activity intensified around this time9, we conclude that selection for throwing as a means to hunt probably had an important role in the evolution of the genus Homo.
The Biomechanics and Evolution of High-Speed Throwing [PDF]
Harvard (thèse), 2012
increased torso rotational mobility, laterally oriented shoulders, lower humeral torsion, and increased wrist hyperextensability
The ontogeny of throwing and striking [PDF]
Richarrd W. Young
Human ontogenetics, 2008
Current evidence supports the conclusion that the role of instruction and learning is minimal. Human throwing is predominantly the result of an innate motor program which emerges at a very early age in all children without teaching, yields a throwing motion that is the forerunner of the one used by adult athletes, is characterized by a prominent gender difference, and proceeds in some adults to a high level of proficiency. The same conclusions apparently ap-ply also to striking (club-swinging), which employs a similar full-body motion.
Evolution of the human hand: the role of throwing and clubbing [Texte]
Richard W. Young
Journal of anatomy, 2003
It is shown that the two fundamental human handgrips, first identified by J. R. Napier, and named by him the ‘precision grip’ and ‘power grip’, represent a throwing grip and a clubbing grip, thereby providing an evolutionary explanation for the two unique grips, and the extensive anatomical remodelling of the hand that made them possible. These results are supported by palaeoanthropological evidence.
Sex differences in throwing: monkeys having a fling [Abstract]
Neil V. Watson
Trends in cognitive sciences, 2001
Fast and accurate throwing was undoubtedly important to ancestral hominids, and was subject to sexual-selection pressures that generated a male advantage in throwing accuracy that persists in modern humans. The balance of evidence, including that from a recent comparative study of throwing in humans and capuchin monkeys, suggests that high-performance throwing involves unique adaptations in the domains of spatial targeting, precision timing, and multi-joint motor control.
The throwing hypothesis and hominid origins [PDF]
Human evolution, 1992
Fifer (1987) has provided a very useful hypothesis to explain the advent of bipedal gait and locomotion. Through re-focusing attention on a functional argument centred on throwing behaviour he has invigorated the debate surrounding the origins of thehominidae. The present article provides evidence of plastic and
pathological osteological indicators of throwing that may aid in more precisely elucidating the timing of this adaptative event and its subsequent development.
Throwing and human evolution [PDF]
African archaeological review, 1987
Ability to throw was probably achieved at an early stage in human evolution but has received little scholarly attention. Although this ability is poorly developed in apes, anatomical studies suggest that the handof Australopithecusafarensis was adapted to throw with precision and force.
Group selection, altruism, reinforcement, and throwing in human evolution [PDF]
Throwing (of stones and weapons) exemplifies both the possible importance of a difficult-to-measure evolutionary factor and the role of reinforcement; in human evolution throwing may have been decisive in food-getting and fighting, in shifting emphasis from brute force to skill, and in inducing evolution of a brain able to handle three-body geometric problems precisely and thus preadapted for more complex functions.
External ballistics of Pleistocene hand-thrown spears: experimental performance data and implications for human evolution [Article complet]
Milks et al.
Nature scientific reports, 2019
The data support hypotheses that early spears, such as the double-tapered examples from Schöningen, function as throwing weapons both for flat and parabolic trajectories at distances up to 20 m.
Evidence for early hafted hunting technology
Jayne Wilkins et al.
Hafting stone points to spears was an important advance in weaponry for early humans. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that ~500,000-year-old stone points from the archaeological site of Kathu Pan 1 (KP1), South Africa, functioned as spear tips. KP1 points exhibit fracture types diagnostic of impact. Modification near the base of some points is consistent with hafting. Experimental and metric data indicate that the points could function well as spear tips. Shape analysis demonstrates that the smaller retouched points are as symmetrical as larger retouched points, which fits expectations for spear tips. The distribution of edge damage is similar to that in an experimental sample of spear tips and is inconsistent with expectations for cutting or scraping tools. Thus, early humans were manufacturing hafted multicomponent tools ~200,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Lower Palaeolithic hunting spears from Germany [Abstract]
Here I describe some wooden throwing spears about 400,000 years old that were discovered in 1995 at the Pleistocene site at Schöningen, Germany. They are thought to be the oldest complete hunting weapons so far discovered to have been used by humans. Found in association with stone tools and the butchered remains of more than ten horses, the spears strongly suggest that systematic hunting, involving foresight, planning and the use of appropriate technology, was part of the behavioural repertoire of pre-modern hominids. The use of sophisticated spears as early as the Middle Pleistocene may mean that many current theories on early human behaviour and culture must be revised.
Articles de vulgarisation
The Evolution of Throwing
Adult male chimpanzees, for instance, can throw projectiles overhand at about 20 mph, but 8-year-old boys are able to hurl baseballs at 40 mph. For some top professional baseball pitchers, that number nears 100 mph–and a record-setting fastball topped 105 mph.