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Bioarchaeological Study Reveals History of Human Spines

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The reason many humans experience pain in their lower back can be found in our evolutionary past, according to new research from a team of bioarchaeologists at the University of Sydney, Simon Fraser University and the University of Liverpool.

The study published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, examined what makes the vertebrae in our spine more susceptible to a particular stress fracture known as spondylolysis – a condition that often affects athletes.

Because spondylolysis only occurs in humans and does not affect our great ape cousins, it has long been assumed to be the result ...