Disclaimer: By human-like, I am referring mostly to limb proportions similar to ours.
Would it be reasonable for the average member of a bipedal species with proportions similar to those of humans to be stronger than the average chimpanzee?
The species I am working on in particular is a semi-arboreal species that reentered the forest after evolving efficient bipedal walking. Unlike chimpanzees, the legs are quite long as the legs of humans are. The average height of this species is about 196 centimeters, and the individuals are rather lean with a body fat content of around 12%. The diet of this species contains many energy rich fruits and some meat with other foods such as eggs when the opportunity arises. Currently, I am thinking of a catlike build for individuals of this species, and by this I mean increased flexibility and the ability to react very quickly.
Some things in particular I am wondering about are:
- If the bones would need to be more dense
- If tool use would be hindered
- An approximate weight (would this species be very heavy or light?)
- If this would take away from intelligence
- Would endurance be decreased
- Around what weight could be lifted
- Would this species be able to react quickly
- Would the jump height be very high
During my research on the comparative musculature of humans and chimpanzees, I have found claims that involve the chimpanzees having fewer larger muscles and humans having more small muscles. I have had trouble with considering how this would work on a spindly human frame.
Overall, I am wondering what limitations or possibilities there are if this was applied to a human frame. I do not at all expect an exact answer.