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Female Lower Back Has Evolved to Accommodate the Weight of Pregnancy
December 12, 2007
A new study from Harvard researchers shows that women's spines have evolved to compensate for the weight of a baby during pregnancy. This dimorphism allows a woman to remain more active and mobile, despite the weight of the baby.
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