treehat: (Look Around You - Birds?)
For a while, I've been wondering about a certain curiosity regarding anthropomorphic characters. It seems rather common to see such characters depicted as quadrupedal and bipedal at different times. But I couldn't figure out how, anatomically, that would work - quadrupeds and bipeds have certain obvious differences.

Now, I think I've found something that might make it a bit more physically plausible. This article on "useless body parts" discusses the Subclavius muscle. Apparently, this muscle would be used if humans walked on all fours. Since we don't, it's just sort of extra. But in a character that used four and two legs interchangeably, it would probably be well-used.

There's obviously more to this puzzle, but it's nice to find a new piece. (I'd probably have more pieces if I actually knew some anatomy, but you work with what you've got.)

I think about these sorts of things far too much. I know this is really all just artistic license, but I can't stop pondering. Pondering is fun, especially to say. Pondering. Ponderrrrrring. Ponderment!

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