It’s extraordinary to think that the evolutionary process of our hands started in the anterior fin of primitive fishes!
Here a juvenile baboon has clambered up a pole and grips with strong fingers. Opposable thumbs give them a dexterity of use: hands that can finesse the most intricate of movement, from unzipping to unclipping bags – to opening car doors; sliding windows, and coupled with sheer strength, the ability to bend burglar bars.
Last week I visited the Natural History Museum in London and attended David Attenborough’s inspiring lecture on evolution “Who do we think we really are?” Through the use of video imaging and augmented reality, webcams and handsets, extinct creatures are brought to life. It’s humbling to consider that all living things are interconnected, descended from a common ancestor thousands of millions years ago.