Did our hands evolve for punching?
A new study has suggested that human hands may have evolved in a way that enables us to punch better.
The human hand is a distinctive and efficient shape, one of only a few possible configurations capable of providing ample dexterity and the ability to deliver a forceful blow to enemies at the same time. While the clenched fist doesn’t deliver a greater amount of force than an open-palm, it does serve the purpose of protecting the fingers more effectively.
“Once hands are no longer used in locomotion there could have been many different ways to manipulate and many different ways to punch,” said paleo-anthropolgist Milford Wolpoff. “A hand that does both is really limited in its morphology.”
Human hands may have evolved their unique shape in order to better punch the living daylights out of competitors, a new study suggests.
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