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IDEAS Boston Speaker: We’ve Been Able to Throw Fastballs 2M Years

June 28, 2013
Daniel Lieberman

Daniel Lieberman

IDEAS Boston 2011 Speaker Daniel Lieberman, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, has found that the capacity to throw a fastball emerged about 2 million years ago, leading to the development of a more capable brain. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Lieberman, an expert in barefoot running, and his then graduate student recruited cricket bowlers, members of the Harvard baseball team, and other athletes to throw in Lieberman’s lab. They also studied chimpanzee anatomy and fossils of early human ancestors.

Human evolution “reconfigured our shoulders so we can store up massive amounts of elastic energy, which allows us to generate a lot of velocity,” Lieberman told The Boston Globe.

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