Gluteus maximus muscle

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The gluteus maximus muscle is a large muscle of the buttocks that connects the pelvis to the femur. When contracted, it pulls the hip backward. The gluteus maximus plays a key role in the running motion, and a small role in both standing and walking.[1]

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  1. Lieberman, Daniel E, et al. The human gluteus maximus and its role in running. doi: 10.1242/​jeb.02255 June 1, 2006 J Exp Biol 209, 2143-2155.
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