University of Birmingham
School of Biosciences


 Locomotor Ecology and Biomechanics lab

Selected  Publications

van Casteren A; Sellers WI, Thorpe SKS, Coward S; Crompton  RH, Ennos AR (2012) Nest Building Orangutans Demonstrate Engineering Know-How to Produce Safe, Comfortable Beds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  109, 6873-6877

van Casteren A; Sellers WI, Thorpe SKS, Coward S; Crompton  RH, Ennos AR (2012) Why don’t branches snap? The mechanics of bending failure in three temperate angiosperm trees. Trees-Structure and Function. 26, 789-797

Tecwyn EC; Thorpe SKS; Chappell JM (2012) What cognitive strategies do orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) use to solve a trial-unique puzzle-tube task incorporating multiple obstacles? Animal Cognition 15:121-133   

Myatt JP, Crompton RH, Payne-Davis RC, Savage R, Vereecke EE, Gunther MM, Thorpe SKS. (2012) Functional adaptations in the forelimb muscles of non-human great apes. Journal of Anatomy 220:13-28

Myatt JP, Thorpe SKS (2011) Postural strategies employed by orangutans (pongo abelii) during feeding in the terminal branch niche. American Journal of Physical Anthopology 146:73-82

Myatt JP, Crompton RH, Thorpe SKS (2011) A new method for recording complex positional behaviors and habitat interactions in primates. Folia Primatologica 82: 13-24

Myatt JP, Crompton RH, Thorpe SKS (2011). Hindlimb muscle architecture in non-human great apes and a comparison of methods for analysing inter-species variation Journal of Anatomy 219: 150-166

Myatt JP, Schilling N, Thorpe SKS (2011). Distribution Patterns of Fibre Types in the Triceps Surae Muscle Group of Chimpanzees and Orangutans Journal of Anatomy 218:402-412

Manduel KL, Morragh-Bernard HC, Thorpe SKS (2011). Locomotor Behavior of wild orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) in disturbed peat swamp forest, Sabangau, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145: 348-359

Badhe SP, Lynch JB, Thorpe SKS, Bainbridge LC (2010) Operative treatment of Linburg-Comstock Syndrome. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 92B:1728-1781

Crompton RH, Blanchard M, Coward S, Alexander RMcN, Thorpe SKS (2010) Vertical clinging and leaping revisited: Locomotion and habitat use in the Western tarsier, Tarsius bancanus explored through loglinear modelling. International Journal of Primatology. 31: 958-979

Crompton RH, Sellers WI and Thorpe SKS (2010) Arborealism, Terrestrialism and Bipedalism. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365: 3301-3314

Chappell JM & Thorpe SKS (2010) AIInspired Biology: Does AI Have Something to Contribute to Biology? Proceedings of the International Symposium on AI Inspired Biology. A Symposium at the AISB 2010 Convention, Leicester, UK. SSAISB: The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour. ISBN: 1902956923

Thorpe, SKS, Holder R and Crompton RH. (2009) Orangutans employ unique strategies to control branch flexibility Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (31):  12646-12651.   

Portugal SJ, Thorpe SKS, Green JA, Myatt JP and Butler PJ. (2009). Testing the use/disuse hypothesis: Pectoral and leg muscle changes in captive barnacle geese branta leucopsis during wing moult. Journal of Experimental Biology 212 (15): 2403-2410    

Thorpe SKS and Crompton RH. (2009) Orangutan positional behaviour: inter-specific variation and ecological correlates in Orangutans: ecology, evolution, behaviour and conservation. (eds. SA. Wich, SS. Utami, T. Mitra Setia & CP van Schaik). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Crompton RH, Vereeke E and Thorpe SKS. (2008) Locomotion and posture from the common hominoid ancestor to fully modern hominins, with special reference to the last common panin/hominin ancestor. Journal of Anatomy 212 (4): 501-543

Portugal, SJ. (2008) Ecophysiological Aspects of the Annual Cycle of Barnacle Geese, Branta leucopsis. PhD Thesis. University of Birmingham.

Thorpe SKS, Holder R and Crompton RH. (2007b) Origins of Human Bipedalism, response to Letter. Science 318:1065

Crompton RH and Thorpe SKS (2007) Response To Comment On “Origin of Human Bipedalism As an Adaptation for Locomotion on Flexible Branches” Science 318:1066

Thorpe, SKS, Holder R and Crompton RH. (2007) Origin of human bipedalism as an adaptation for locomotion on flexible branches Science 316:1328-1331

Thorpe, SKS, Crompton RH and Alexander, R.McN. (2007) Orangutans utilise compliant branches to lower the energetic cost of locomotion. Biology Letters 3: 253-256

O’Conner CM, Thorpe SKS, O’Mally, MJ and Vaughan, CL. (2007) Automatic detection of gait events using kinematic data. Gait and Posture 25(3)469-474.

Thorpe SKS, Crompton RH (2006) Orangutan positional behavior and the nature of arboreal locomotion in Hominoidea American Journal of Physical Anthropology 131 (3): 384-401.

Isler K, Payne RC, Gunther MM, Savage R, Thorpe SKS, Crompton RH. Inertial properties of hominoid limb segments Journal of Anatomy 209 (2): 201-218

Payne RC, Crompton RH, Isler K, Savage R, Vereecke EE, Gunther MM, Thorpe SKS, D'Aout K (2006) Morphological analysis of the hindlimb in apes and humans. I. Muscle architecture Journal of Anatomy 208 (6): 709-724

Payne RC, Crompton RH, Isler K, Savage R, Vereecke EE, Gunther MM, Thorpe SKS, D'Aout K (2006) Morphological analysis of the hindlimb in apes and humans. II. Moment arms Journal of Anatomy 208 (6): 725-742

Thorpe SKS, Crompton RH (2005) Locomotor ecology of wild orangutans (Pongo abelii) in the Gunung leuser ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia: A multivariate analysis using log-linear modelling American Journal of Physical Anthropology 127 (1): 58-78

Thorpe SKS, Crompton RH, Wang W and Alexander R.McN. (2004). Stresses exerted in the hindlimb muscles of common chimpanzees (pan troglodytes) during bipedal locomotion. Folia Primatologica 75 (4): 253-265.

Isler K and Thorpe SKS (2003). Characteristics of Vertical Climbing in wild and captive Sumatran Orang-utans (Pongo abelii) Journal of Experimental Biology. 206, 4081-4096.

Crompton RH, Li Y, Thorpe SKS, Wang WJ, Savage R, Payne R, Carey TC, Aerts P, Van Elsacker L, Hofstetter A, Gunther MM, D’Aout K and DeClerq D. (2003) The Biomechanical Evolution of Erect Bipedality. Courier Forschuungsinstitut Senckenberg 243:135-146.

Thorpe SKS; Crompton RH and Chamberlain A. Ape models for the evolution of human bipedalism. (2003). In, Harcourt, C.S. (Ed). Behaviour and Evolution of Monkeys, Apes and Man. P 231-248. Westbury Academic & Scientific Publishing: Otley, UK.

Thorpe SKS, Crompton RH, Gunther MM, Ker RF and Alexander R.McN. (1999). Dimensions and moment arms of the hind- and forelimb muscles of common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Physical Anthropology (110: 179-199).

Thorpe SKS, Li Y, Crompton RH and Alexander R.McN. (1998). Stresses in human leg muscles in running and jumping determined by force plate analysis and published magnetic resonance images. Journal of Experimental Biology. (201: 63-70).