You’ve probably heard about the Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin, and you want to read more about it. Especially that it’s a highly controversial topic in the world of Sciences, you would want to read more proofs that could support it. Aside from the observable natural selection happening around us, one of the biggest evidence you can read is all about the Vestigial Structures.
Wonderful Evidences of Evolution: The Vestigial Structures
Vestigial Structures supports the Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin, and in fact was written in the 13th chapter of his book “The Origin of Species”. Vestigial Structures are organs which are deemed to be useless or only plays minor roles in our body system. These appears to be remnants of our evolution from primates, because such body organs can be observed useful in our cousin species.
A famous example of such organs is the bottom end of our backbone which is the tail bone or the “coccyx”. This tiny bone appears to be a remnant of our ancestors’ tails and is totally useless for the present specie of humans. Although some argues that the coccyx unites the muscles, tendons, bones and other important tissues in our pelvic area, persons who have their tail bones removed still lived a totally normal life.
Other organs which are included in the list of vestigial structures are the male nipples, ear muscles and our smallest toe. However, some of these organs still have functions, though they only play secondary roles such as the appendix.
The debate about the significance of Vestigial Structures to the evolution theory still goes on. From the side of Evolutionists and Creationists, you can hear various arguments supporting or disproving the Vestigial Structures’ relevance to the theory of evolution. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to know more about these organs in our body, and try to help in finding out its functions.