I ordered a copy of the documentary film The Perfect Runner today after watching the trailer. Anthropologist Dr Niobe Thompson, who directed and produced the film, explores our ancestrial past, the human body, and our society's obsession with participating in endurance events. Here's the trailer:
Dr Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, who I have posted about here before, is one of the experts Thompson interviews, along with others: Dr Larry Bell, Canadian chiropractor and national team therapist for many sporting events; Dr Herman Pontzer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College; Dr Ian Tattersall, Curator of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC; Sentayahu Eshetu, Ethiopian running coach who coached Derartu Tulu to Olympic gold; Diane Van Deren, professional ultrarunner from Colorado, who has completed many of the world's toughest endurance events; and Tracy Garneau, Canadian ultrarunner, also completing (and winning) many endurance challenges.
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