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Hands Evolved for Punching?


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#1    Hasina

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

Human Hands Evolved for Fighting, Study Suggests

Human hands may have evolved their unique shape in order to better punch the living daylights out of competitors, a new study suggests.
The new findings, published today (Dec. 19) in the Journal of Experimental Biology, show that the clenched fist produces no more force than an open-palm slap, but protects the fingers better. Human's unique hand shape is one of only a few possible configurations that allow an organism to have both manual dexterity and the ability to brutally club opponents, the study reveals.
"Once hands are no longer used in locomotion there could have been many different ways to manipulate and many different ways to punch," said Milford Wolpoff, a paleo-anthropologist at the University of Michigan, who was not involved in the study. "A hand that does both is really limited in its morphology."

Source: http://www.livescien...d-fighting.html

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

So true. The way the fist is made is to do harm and cause pain. The open hand as in a slap has more power and force. If you are a Boxer you are not allowed to use a closed fist in a fight outside of the ring but you can b**** slap someone.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

That settles it. I'm learning Kung Fu.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

View Postwolfknight, on 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM, said:

So true. The way the fist is made is to do harm and cause pain. The open hand as in a slap has more power and force. If you are a Boxer you are not allowed to use a closed fist in a fight outside of the ring but you can b**** slap someone.
Personally, nothing's more satisfying then a good solid slap to someone's face.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

Reckon the travellers (pikeys) are going to love this.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

All apes have fists..should be all apes not just humans


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

I thought it was for grasping at straws.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

I have to admit there are a couple of people I would get great satisfaction out of punching them out.  Posted Image


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

I can't help but notice that when i clench my fist.. it seems oddly similar to the configuration my hand assumes as it GRASPS  something.   ?¿?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

View Postwolfknight, on 20 December 2012 - 01:00 PM, said:

The open hand as in a slap has more power and force.

True, and it's more natural.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

hm.......psalms 18:34; 144:1....at risk of offending you--something im loath to do, i greatly admire your beauty--we cant afford to only focus on simply one thing about something...even as "theres a tyme to every purpose", so theres more than one purpose to every thing. the study of aikido i had opened up much of lifes spiritual-ness in a way id not ever considered before...hasina, theres always more to something...have a good holiday


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

View Postlightly, on 20 December 2012 - 03:45 PM, said:

I can't help but notice that when i clench my fist.. it seems oddly similar to the configuration my hand assumes as it GRASPS  something.   ?¿?

Yeah i kind of feel like if our hands were just to fight then we would have like a spike or claw or something. Wouldent those be alot more effective then a fist?

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 20 December 2012 - 02:34 PM, said:

All apes have fists..should be all apes not just humans
Our hands are different.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

Those boots were made for walking? Well, my fists evolved for PUNCHING! -punches things-

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