Tactile pad

A tactile pad is an area of skin that is particularly sensitive to pressure, temperature, or pain. Tactile pads are characterized by high concentrations of free nerve endings.[1] In primates, the last phalanges in the fingers and toes have tactile pads, allowing very accurate manipulation of objects. This precision grip was an important evolutionary advance in primates.[2]


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  2. Givens, D. B. (2002). "Precision grip". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2008-06-03.

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