A vestigial organ is traditionally an organ which no longer has a function, although evolutionists have changed the meaning to some extent in recent times. Evolution predicts many vestigial organs as creatures evolve new ways to perform the functions of old organs, leaving the old, now useless, organs until they eventually disappear or perhaps acquire a new function. Indeed, Charles Darwin mentioned such organs in his book The Origin of Species.
In 1890 scientists had listed 180 vestigial organs in humans alone. However, by the end of the 20th century, this list had shrunk to zero, with functions being known or likely for all such organs. This has led to evolutionists now claiming that "vestigial" does not mean "without function", yet this was certainly the original meaning of the term.
Claimed vestigial organs
Pelvic and leg bones of whales
Charles Darwin suggested that the appendix is a remnant of a structure that helped our ancestors to digest food. However, recent research suggests that it may function as a reservoir for beneficial stomach bacteria (the "gut flora").
The coccyx in humans is sometimes known as the "tailbone", which evolutionists sometimes claim to be a vestigial tail. Also, people are sometimes born with what appears to be a rudimentary "tail". However, the coccyx is not a functionless bone, but an important anchoring point for muscles.. And the "tails" are not proper tails with vertebrae, muscles, blood vessels, etc., but some fatty tissue and skin. That such tails are not evolutionary throwback is also apparent from one example which was not near the lower end of the spine, but high on the back.
- Bergman, Jerry, Do any vestigial organs exist in humans?, Journal of Creation 14(2):95–98, August 2000.
- Lamb, Andrew, Human tails and fairy tales, 1 September 2007.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bergman, 2000
- ↑ Top 10 Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs)
- ↑ Wieland, Carl, The strange tale of the leg on the whale, Creation 20(3):10–13, June 1998.
- ↑ Whale Anatomy and photos of limb rudiments on modern day whales
- ↑ Lamb, 2007
- ↑ Associated Press, Scientists may have found appendix’s purpose, 5 October 2007
- ↑ Foye, Patrick, Coccyx (Tailbone) Images, Xrays, MRI, Photos, etc.
- ↑ Lamb, 2007
- ↑ Mohindra, S., The 'human tail' causing tethered cervical cord Spinal Cord 45, 583-585 (14 November 2006).