Fantastic Fingernails – Creation Minute 2

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Fantastic Fingernails

Have you ever considered the amazing design of the fingernail?


Every tiny detail of the human body has been created with a purpose. How many of these purposes are we aware of? How many do we take for granted?

We have fingernails (and toenails) to protect our fingers and toes, like little, tiny hardhats.

But why do fingernails when torn tear across the nail instead of down towards the nail bed?

Scientists have found that it takes twice the energy to cut nails lengthwise compared to crosswise.


Nails are made of 3 layers of keratin specifically arranged:
The top and bottom have randomly packed fibers to give the nail it’s strength.
The middle layer holds the key to crosswise tearing with keratin fibers running parallel to the base of the nail.



God in His wisdom, takes special care of even the smallest details for our lives: even the way the fingernail tears!

Maybe we should stop and take a moment to thank God for our fingernails, toenails, and the countless other blessing He has given us in the design of the human body.


Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. Job 10:12


For more amazing details about the incredible design of the human body, visit the Human Anatomy and Physiology Exhibit at the Creation and Earth History Museum! The museum is located at 10946 Woodside Ave. North, Santee, CA 92071 and is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call (619) 599-1104 or visit for admission prices.

*Creation Minute Articles based on excerpts from the book “Inspired Evidence” by Julie Von Vett & Bruce Malone

Creation Minutes can be heard on Friendship with God Radio program by Tom Cantor


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