From tools to texting, hands have played, and continue to play, an integral roles in human evolution and development. Photo: Alamy

The human hand: from tools to texting, a triumph of evolution – seven tips for keeping them healthy

  • Opposable thumbs evolved about 2.6 million years ago when humans began using stone tools more frequently
  • There are very few animals with fingerprints as unique as ours, and these include chimpanzees and koalas
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From tools to texting, hands have played, and continue to play, an integral roles in human evolution and development. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.