Why Do Humans Have Fingernails And Toenails?

Table of ContentsThe evolutionary origins of nailsHow do fingernails help us?What about toe nails?Suggested Reading Human fingernails are actually flattened versions of claws. All primates, including ancient ancestors of humans, had claws that supported their broad fingertips. The broad fingertips helped primates maintain a strong grip around objects, including trunks and tree branches.  We appreciate a lion’s sharp claws, or how an eagle’s talons can clutch and pierce through its prey, but we rarely admire our own nails. They sit on the backs of our hands, inconspicuous, unless we adorn them with nail art or need to trim them. Human … Continue reading Why Do Humans Have Fingernails And Toenails?