Response to reports of human hands being "less evolved" than chimps


Response to reports of human hands being “less evolved” than chimps

Articles in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail reported that a new study had found “human hands may be less evolved than those of chimpanzees”.

Dr Susie Cunningham, Lecturer, PFIAO, University of Cape Town responds:

“Saying ‘less evolved’ implies human hands are inferior to chimpanzee hands, because it harks back to the long-debunked idea that evolution has some end purpose or aim. The research shows that chimp hands have changed over time to a greater degree than human hands: each are equally evolved and well suited to the lifestyles of their owners.” 

Document type: For The Record

Published: 16 July 2015

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Source: Sense About Science

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