Fighting may have shaped evolution of human hand
Someone is looking for a IG Nobel, methinks.
Fighting may have shaped the evolution of the human hand, according to a new study by a US team.
The University of Utah researchers used instruments to measure the forces and acceleration when martial artists hit a punch bag.
They found that the structure of the fist provides support that increases the ability of the knuckles to transmit "punching" force.
Details have been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
Full paper: Protective buttressing of the human fist and the evolution of hominin hands