Dead Guys Throw The Punches In A Scientific Showdown
To test a controversial theory that human hands evolved for punching, a University of Utah biologist enlisted the help of male cadavers.By Steven Sparkman | October 21, 2015
If a biologist wants to add a whole new controversial chapter to the story of human evolution, it's going to take some persistence and thinking outside the box. Rigging up dead guys to punch steel plates is taking it pretty far, though.
For this to make sense at all, we have to give you some backstory. University of Utah biologist David Carrier has been arguing for a few years now that good ol' fashioned male-on-male fisticuffs played a role in shaping modern human anatomy. (Video via KSTU, Library of Congress)
He argues there were many ways human hands could have adapted to become better at using tools than our ape cousins, but only one that would make us better punchers. Therefore, hands must have evolved so males could duke it out over females, food or for social standing.