The pinkie is on its way out, say hello to VIVO-4-Fingers

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  1. Barefoot TJ

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    The pinkie is on its way out, say hello to VIVO-4-Fingers
    By VivoBarefoot

    "We’re putting four fingers up to the evolution."

    Humans are a product of evolution. Millions of years of natural selection and thousands of years of fine tuning have shaped the human race into a successful species that dominates its environment. In recent times human adaptation has begun to slow as the fight for survival has diminished. We are still a product of both genetics and environmental conditions and our ability to adapt and survive remains.

    It recent time it has been argued that the only thing that is still evolving is our culture: how we learn and use our bodies and interact with each other based on learned information. We're evolving slowly through natural selection and rapidly through cultural evolution. To continue reading, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/nh2wya7
     
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    What was the publication date for this piece?
     
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    This was an email I got just today from VivoBarefoot. I can't locate the actual study to find a release date for the study, although the article has a link to Read the Full Study >. Perhaps our in-house, master detective Sid can locate it for us. I know we've talked about the subject of the pinky going away in the past here, but...
     
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    I got that e-mail too. This morning - April 1st.

    Just wondering ........................
     
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    The dead giveaway is the acronym for the "research institute" - Central Research And Paleology Institute (CRAPI).

    Hilarious!
     
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    This has gotta be a prank. Why would there be any selection pressure now favoring those with smaller pinky toes?
     
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    repeat after me "Splay Splay Splay" defying the Vivo
     
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    I know it's a joke by the folks at Vivobarefoot.

    However, considering that typical shoes are made from lasts that look, like these.
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    That look nothing like normal feet, like these.
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    Which causes serious problems, like these.
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    Haha, not so funny anymore...
     
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    Now that I've thought about it some more, if one wanted to construct an argument for selection pressure that would evolve away the pinky toe, it would be because we are mostly shod now and there may be a preference for people who wear shoes that narrow towards the toes. Such people may receive various preferential treatments or evaluations that give them enough of a reproductive advantage that those with smaller pinky toes will be favored.

    Eventually, of course, the human foot will evolve into a single narrow point at its end and our heels will have built up to a 3 inch stack heel.
     
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    It takes at least 10,000 years to make a genetic difference on the selection process...ill fitting shoes haven't been around that long...maybe 500 years or less. There are older reasons they are pinky...same as the the little fingers.
     
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    I sense a April Fools joke. Good one. :D
     
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    OK, that reminded me of one of my older blog posts:

    What Feet Are Supposed To Look Like
     
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    You're all barking up the wrong evolutionary tree.

    Pointy footed people will likely start outsurviving the rest of us "blunts" because they will be able to kill pests in corners that we'll miss, lowering their environmental competition and disease loads.
     
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