Human body is fascinating and there are so many things we still don’t know about it. Here are some interesting facts about our hands that you will maybe hear for the first time.
Hands are our main structures for manipulating environment whether it involves fine motor skills (picking up tiny objects) or gross motor skills (grasping a large object).
Things we do with our hands
Touching or feeling
Pinching or clasping
Squeezing or clenching
Clawing or grasping
Punching or hitting
Carrying or lifting
Holding or balancing
Pointing or aiming
Counting or quantifying
Clapping or making sounds
Each hand consists of
29 major and minor bones
29 major joints
At least 123 named ligaments
34 muscles which move fingers and thumb
48 named nerves
30 named arteries and almost as many smaller named branches
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Other hand related facts
12.6% of all men and 9.9% of all women are left-handed.
It takes up to 6 months for fingernails to grow from root to the tip and toenails need 2-3 times more than that.
Average hand length for adult women is 6.7 inches and for adult men it is 7.4 inches.
In many countries today, the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the ancient Romans believed the vein in that finger (referred to as vena amoris) was directly connected to heart.
The color of the nails and the size of small “moons” on each hand identify the quality of the blood circulation and oxygen level of the bloodstream.