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The short answer is that there is no 100% definitive known reason as to why nails grow at different rates. However, there is a really good theory (which also covers why fingernails and toenails grow at drastically different rates) that is backed up by an awful lot of ancillary evidence. To fully grasp what’s going on here, it’s important to understand exactly how your fingernails grow.

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http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37762
http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/nails/nails
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/science/why-do-toenails-thicken-as-we-age.html?_r=0
http://derm101.com/content/13529
http://www.els.net/WileyCDA/ElsArticle/refId-a0021583.html
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/discovering-when-cells-divide-0806.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19744178
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/longest-fingernails-%28male%29-ever/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29170772/#.UP9K4GdT3Ww

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