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We refer to the stuff that grows from our heads as hair, and the material that covers our pets as fur, but have you ever wondered if there’s really a difference? The answer is, not really. In most ways, hair and fur are the same. They’re both made of the same protein (keratin) but so are skin and nails. The differences have to do with the microstructures of which hair/fur is composed. Some animals have a protective coating that is nearly impenetrable. This is why it’s so hard to dye some types of fur. Some kinds of fur are more coarse or fine, but human hair falls within the middle of the spectrum. There’s a range of variation among fur, and human hair is simply one of these variants. See photographic proof in the notes. –– Laura Martin

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