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Neanderthal thumbs better for tool use


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Neanderthal thumbs were better adapted to holding tools in the same way that we hold a hammer, according to a paper published in Scientific Reports.

The findings suggest that Neanderthals may have found precision grips — where objects are held between the tip of the finger and thumb — more challenging than power ‘squeeze’ grips, where objects are held like a hammer, between the fingers and the palm with the thumb directing force.

Full monty at SciTech Daily: Link

"The implications of thumb movements for Neanderthal and modern human manipulation"

Research: Nature dot com

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So Neanderthals were genetically predisposed to hitchhiking?  It's a dangerous hobby - no wonder they went extinct.  Like the iguanodon.

Iguanodon definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

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