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The thumb is one of the five fingers on the human hand. Thumbs are different from the other four fingers because they are in a different direction, have only two bones (the others have three) and are shorter. Thumbs help us to pick things up. This is called having "opposable thumbs". All primates have thumbs but humans have fully opposable thumbs.

Thumbs have an artery in them. Arteries have a pulse. This is why we should not take other peoples' pulses with our thumbs.

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