The mysterious story of the Ulas family from Turkey, who walk on all fours

By Tychyna TetianaFeb 13, 2024 13:42 PMNews
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The mysterious story of the Ulas family from Turkey, who walk on all fours
The Ulas family. Source: newsbytesapp.com

In a remote part of Turkey, amidst landscapes covered with misty mountains, lives a family that has become an object of deep interest to scientists. Their unusual behavior raises questions about the nature of human evolution and arouses a keen interest among travelers from all over the world.

The worldwide attention to the mysterious behavior of the Ulas family began after the release of the Air Force documentary "The Family that Walks on All Fours" in 2006, Newsbytesapp writes. Its footage showed that their walking resembled a "bear crawl."

When did this unique feature appear?

Five siblings were born with this unique feature - four girls and one boy. This phenomenon makes us think about how the evolution from moving on four limbs to walking on two took place. The appearance of a sixth family member with the same trait only enhances the mysterious nature of this phenomenon.

The scientific community is bewildered

Professor Humphrey, a prominent academic from the London School of Economics (LSE), spoke about the surprise of the scientific community. He acknowledged that the idea of a possible regression of humanity to the state of animals surprises even the most creative scientists. The professor emphasized that our ability to stand on two legs is one of the important aspects that makes us unique among living beings, and it significantly affects our perception of ourselves in the context of the animal world.

An evolutionary puzzle

The development of language and cognitive abilities that are unique to humans and define our individuality, our fundamental property of walking on two legs is what truly distinguishes us from other creatures of the animal kingdom. The unusual behavior of the Ulas family is calling this difference into question, prompting scientists to rethink the complex evolutionary history of our past.

Their skeletons strikingly resembled apes

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have conducted an in-depth study of the family's anatomical features, providing a more detailed understanding of their surprising condition. The skeletons of the family members are remarkably similar to those of monkeys, raising questions about the genetic basis and developmental factors that influence their unique locomotion. In addition, shriveled brains were observed in the family members, further complicating the mystery.

A physiotherapist intervened

Despite the family's unique gait, modern medical advances have shed a light of hope. A physiotherapist, using special tools, took on the task of helping the family members transition from walking on four legs to a more typical two-legged gait. Impressively, these efforts led to a marked improvement in their ability to move, demonstrating how flexible the human body can be.

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