"their second toes were longer than the others"
Morton's toe
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This is a common condition called Morton's Toe. It is associated with various disputed ethnic and anthropological interpretations, one of which is that people with longer second toes are sometimes associated with royalty; this stems from the Greek era.

A longer second toe was considered an aesthetic standard in Greek sculpture (the Statue of Liberty "suffers" from this disorder).