Purpose of fingerprints

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Purpose of fingerprints

Post by Sphairon » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:25 am


one question has been pressing me for quite a while:

What's the evolutionary purpose of fingerprints?

According to Wikipedia, a number of primates, koalas and fishers also enjoy this feature, but what is it actually good for? Why not just leave fingers and hands blank instead of creating such a fascinating pattern?

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Post by mith » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:35 am

increased grip?
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Re: Purpose of fingerprints

Post by Darby » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:58 am

One would assume they produce better surface touch sensation - lateral movement of the ridges should pick up more than a smoother surface.

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