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On the Other Hand
Biological Uniqueness Takes Many Forms

By Manny Galindor

Snowflakes have long been recognized for their unique properties -- no two are alike. A groundbreaking new book from MU Biology Chair, Dr Travis Musin, explores the science evidence of unique biological markers in the monster population.

"While it is important to note that the data is not yet conclusive, new research findings seem to make the case that no two monster hands are alike. Sometimes, of course, the differences are obvious -- but the small details tell a fascinating tale."

Life, says Musin, magnifies the differences. Very small differences in hand physiology -- say, the particular shade of fur or specific knuckle architecture -- lead ultimately to bigger, more noticeable markers.

"Life choices have tremendous impact on hand physiology. Professional and recreational activities cause muscles to strengthen or weaken, and scars leave a permanent record of battles fought and knuckles dragged."

Hands, says Dr. Musin, are like the body's diary. "I can tell you more about a monster from a quick hand examination than most psychologists learn in an hour of conversation. Hands are beautiful, encyclopedic, and poetic -- a scientific metaphor for life."