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Our hands are an evolutionary accident

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The big difference is that foot bones are called tarsals but hand bones are called carpals. The big difference is that foot bones are called tarsals but hand bones are called carpals.

Our hands and legs are very similar, sharing many of the same bones and muscles. They’re just a different size and shape in each limb. In fact, pretty much every bone in your hand has a matching partner in your feet. And these limbs don’t just share physical similarities; recent research has revealed that they share a lot of the same genes and developmental pathways1.

Both our hands and feet appear to be highly adapted to fulfil their different roles. Large and robust, the footbones are great at supporting our body weight whilst our small and stubby fingers make it really easy for us to touch out thumb to our fingers; creating the precision grip we use to make tools and all that fun stuff2. But the shared genes and…

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