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Plantigrade

Plantigrade: Walking on the sole, heels touching the ground. Humans are one of several species of mammals whose form of movement is defined in this way. The plantigrade foot is the primitive condition for mammals, while the other forms digitigrade and unguligrade came later with evolution.

Even though a lot of bad things have followed in the footsteps of our evolution, I’m truly amazed by the achievements and ways of living of our “primitive” ancestors. Take a moment and think about some of the everyday items that we probably all take for granted. A great example could be the sewing needle… the genius of this small, simple yet significant tool is absolutely awesome. Knots and hitches that have been around for as long as there’s been string. A mesolithic fishing hook found in Denmark with the remains of the line still attacthed with a clove hitch. The ability to tan an animals hide with its brains, or the digging stick.

Too often, when looking back in time, we focus on the big steps in our evolution. Like rising up and walking on two legs, or discovering and controlling fire. But the smaller and less spectacular things often tell a tale of true ingenuity and human success.

In my opinion, practicing wilderness living skills, bushcraft or whatever you call it, and enjoying the details, is a wonderful celebration of our innovative, sole walking ancestors.

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This blog is about my deep fascination with nature and wilderness living. The technologies, skills and crafts of “primitive peoples”, and the pre agricultural world. This won’t be without modern materials, but is for sharing my experiences/adventures with the full extent of my feet placed solidly and responsibly in the natural world.

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