Evolution's toolkit seen in developing hands and arms

Thousands of sequences that control genes are active in the developing human limb and may have driven the evolution of the human hand and foot, a comparative genomics study led by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found.

Human hands 'designed to throw punches'

Opposable thumbs: one of the features that separates us from other apes, a contributor to the tool use that's made us the dominant species on the planet. Makes you feel quite smug, right? Well, not so fast.

Ancient stencils may show Neanderthal hands

The well-known cave paintings at El Castillo in Northern Spain possibly weren't produced by modern humans at all, say scientists, but by Neanderthals.