By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
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Opposable Thumb Emerges

Opposable Thumb Emerges

From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -60000000
Post Date: 05/18/0000

Around 60 million years ago, the early ancestors of primates began to develop a crucial adaptation: the opposable thumb. This evolutionary milestone marked the beginning of increased dexterity and the ability to grasp objects more effectively. Living in the dense canopies of prehistoric forests, these early primates used their newly opposable thumbs to navigate their environment, forage for food, and interact with each other in more complex ways. This small but significant change laid the groundwork for the remarkable manual dexterity that would evolve in future primate species.

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