The human hand is a marvel of dexterity. It can thread a needle, coax intricate melodies from the keys of a piano, and create lasting works of art with a pen or a paintbrush. Many scientists have assumed that our hands evolved their distinctive proportions over millions of years of recent evolution. But a new study suggests a radically different conclusion: Some aspects of the human hand are actually anatomically primitive—more so even than that of many other apes, including our evolutionary cousin the chimpanzee. The findings have important implications for the origins of human toolmaking, as well as for what the ancestor of both humans and chimps might have looked like. More.
Funny that. I remember meeting a hand surgeon who had been an atheist who became a young Earth creationist, as well as a Christian, as a result of his restoration work on the human hand (his patients had suffered industrial and automotive accidents or diseases).
See also: Claim: Humans not unique or special In a rare, special tribute to common-sense, Brit Tax TV offers a look that the counter-argument as well. Not an especially insightful one. Which is probably what they wanted.
Bonobos have caveman skills? Hey, wait a minute. Who funds this research? First, even alligators and crocs use tools. So do birds.
At the point where it isn’t making any sense any more, where is the mental SWAT team?
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution) [Yes, you have fingertips.]
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