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Why chimps don't play baseball

Humans are much better at throwing than any other animal. Even our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, can't match our pitching performance. This video shows how our skill is down to the anatomy of our shoulders.

Read the paper: Elastic energy storage in the shoulder and the evolution of high-speed throwing in Homo



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