lindahoyland (lindahoyland) wrote,

Passing Reference

This was in an article yesterday in the "Daily Mail'"s health supplement. I love to see Tolkien references that show how embedded his work is in our culture now!

They might not look pretty, but if you're blessed with the toes of a Hobbit you should count yourself a good example of evolution in action.

For scientists have found that humans evolved comparatively short toes to help them run better. Long toes require more energy to function and don't absorb shock as well as short ones, thus making short toes one of the many adaptations that may have helped our savannah-dwelling ancestors chase their prey.
The study - 'Walking, running and the evolution of short toes in humans' - was published in the Journal of experimental Biology.

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