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are thumbs regarded as fingers

Postby paulollie » Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:47 pm

are thumbs regarded as fingers
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Jan 13, 2006 7:43 pm

YES
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Postby Poison » Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:04 pm

What would you regard them if they are not fingers? :roll: Of course they are.
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:18 pm

you may regard them as toes if you want
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Postby bearhug » Sat Jan 14, 2006 12:41 am

You could just say that all fingers and toes are phalanges.
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Postby paulollie » Sat Jan 14, 2006 5:34 pm

the reason why i have asked this is because my friend is adimant that a person has 8 fingers and two thumbs, maitaining that thumbs are not fingers.ive always been taught that thumbs are fingers thus you have ten fingers.
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Postby mith » Sat Jan 14, 2006 5:50 pm

Your friend is confused, fingers include all extensions from the hand while "thumb" only refers to the thumbs.
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jan 14, 2006 9:15 pm

1. I was joking when i said toes
2.phalanges are the bones in fingers and toes.
3. Have a look at evolution. Lot's of animals had fingers and no opposable thumb. The thumb is just a more evolved finger
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Postby paulollie » Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:44 pm

thanx alot for sorting this out for me i cant' wait to prove my mate wrong its going to be great
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Postby Squawkbox » Thu Jan 19, 2006 6:39 pm

MrMistery wrote: Have a look at evolution. Lot's of animals had fingers and no opposable thumb. The thumb is just a more evolved finger


Not true- if anything the thumb is a degenerate finger and most animals do show evidence for havin a thumb that has become so degenerate u dont see it unless u study their bones. The reason our thumb hasnt become degenerate is because we use it and would have a poorer quality of life without it, most animals have no use for a thumb.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:05 pm

The human has managed to evolve by using it's brain and creating various tools and inventions. in this creating activity, the thumb was necessary for handeling things. In many ways, we can say it helped us conquer the earth. So excuse me if i think that the thumb is an evolved structure(evolved=gives higher fitness)
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