The appendix – Darwin’s mistake | Cosmos

The word says it all – appendix, a take it or leave it add-on at the end of a book or, in the case of our intestines, at the end of a pouch called the caecum that marks the beginning of the large bowel.When I was a medical student we were taught Charles Darwin’s theory for the appendix, that it was merely a useless vestige of evolution, a small worm-like sac that was once a giant organ to aid the digestion of greens. Medically, all the appendix was known for was its tendency to become inflamed and to require removal.

Source: The appendix – Darwin’s mistake | Cosmos

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