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March 09, 2008

Why Extra Fingers?

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Polydactyly, a congenital abnormality, is the presence of more than the normal number of fingers or toes. Although the condition is usually not life-threatening or even particularly debilitating, most people in Western societies have the extra digits removed surgically, usually while the child is about 1 year of age.

According to wikipedia, the condition is usually inherited as an autosomal dominant characteristic and has an incidence of 1 in every 500 live births although the frequency is higher in some groups (for example among the Amish).

It seems that the painter Raphael employed some models with Polydactyly and that at least in four instances, he unmistakably incorporated them into his paintings

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