bathtub prune syndrome

13 Sep

From The New York Times health beat, and via Kottke, what happens in the tub may serve a purpose:

An evolutionary neurobiologist and his co-authors examined 28 fingers wrinkled by water. They found that they all had the same pattern of unconnected channels diverging away from one another as they got more distant from the fingertips. The wrinkles allow water to drain away as fingertips are pressed to wet surfaces, creating more contact and a
better grip.

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