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Nicholas B. Holowka

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Human movement, biomechanics of walking/running, human feet, footwear, primate locomotion, human evolution

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Nicholas B. Holowka studies the evolution of human bipedalism.

He can speak to the media about the biomechanics of walking and running, and the impact that different types of shoes may have on our feet and our musculoskeletal health. He can also discuss topics in human evolution, such as the recently discovered fossils of early hominins, such as Neanderthals, Denisovans and others.

Holowka’s team uses lab- and field-based research to understand locomotion in humans and non-human primates. As Holowka explains, humans have been barefoot or worn simple, minimal footwear for most of our species’ existence. The features of modern footwear — including cushioned, supportive and restrictive shoes — affect the natural motion of the feet, with potential consequences for musculoskeletal health.

His lab also focuses on the evolutionary peculiarities of human feet and legs, and how their unusual anatomy enables our unique form of bipedal locomotion.

CONTACT:

Nicholas B. Holowka, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

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