The human body is such a wonder! It is so amazing how it functions. So complex and yet so simple. Many parts, many organs all working together or individually to make us who we are. It’s vivid proof that man is the best creature God ever created.
Just take a look at yourself in the mirror!
Whereas the brain, is the engine of the body controlling all other parts, there are many other incredibly beautiful and unique parts of a human body. Take for instance our eyes, eye lashes, toe nails, nostrils, even our lips. When you look at it closely, there is really a lot of amazing things going on in our bodies that make us human.
So does the human body remain the same at all times? Definitely not! As time goes on, we begin to evolve and change depending on our environments.
It is not surprising that in future some parts of our bodies will not even exist. Evolution is a slow, but sure thing and the human race is changing.
Take a look at some of the body parts that could be soon missing from the human body!
1. Body hair
It’s true that human hair helps collect sweat, keeping it away from our face.
But according to scientists, most hair left on the human body serves no function these days!
2. Paranasal sinuses
No one really knows why we retain these mucus-lined cavities. But it is believed they serve the purpose of making our heads lighter.
3. Extrinsic ear muscles
We can’t move our ears! Yet certain animals, like dogs, cats, and rabbits can do it so easily.
This is because they have special and exotic-sounding muscles. We still have these musles too, that’s why some people can wiggle their ears.
But the truth is – these muscles serve no purpose.
4. Wisdom teeth
Everyone has wisdom teeth. It is reported that 5% of the population has a set of these healthy teeth that are very useless.
We hope this one will be the first to disappear from this list, so we can have cheaper dentist bills!
5. Neck rib
Each human being has a set of cervical ribs.
But where do they come from and what do they do?
There’s a myth that they are possibly leftover from the age of reptiles, and they still appear in 1% of the population.
Some people have it only on their left or right side, while others have both. They often cause nerve and artery problems.
6. Palmaris muscle
The palmaris muscle is a long and narrow muscle which runs from your elbow to your wrist.
11% of the human race don’t have it. It was once important for climbing and hanging, something quite handy for those who like to climb.
7. Male nipples
Both men and women have nipples. Its understandable why women have them, because they have to produce milk.
But men? They definitely don’t need them!
8. Arrector pili muscles
Arrector pili muscles allow animals to puff their fur up for warmth, or to intimidate others.
We know it as getting goosebumps, when our hairs stand on end. This is created by these tiny muscles which we no longer need, since we’re less hairy.
The appendix is a redundant muscular tube which is attached to our large intestine.
It once helped us digest plants, when back in the old days when our diets were more plant based.
But these days we don’t eat as many plants, leaving us with an appendix which is unnecessary and prone to infections, therefore rendering it useless!
10. Thirteenth rib
Did you know that we we have 13 ribs? Yes -we do!
But not everyone actually has them! 8% of adults have a 13 ribs instead of the usually 12.
Our closest cousins, chimpanzees and gorillas also have an extra set of ribs!
According to recent studies, scientists have found that humans used to walk and balance more on the midline of their feet, but that changes when we gradually transferred to balancing more toward the side of our big toe.
But very soon humans will no longer need to rely on their toes for balance, because new studies show that our centre of balance is still shifting inward.
Our coccyx is also known as our tail-bone, and it’s all we have left of our tails.
Most mammals have a tail, which is used for balance and communication, and scientists believe that our coccyx is an indication we use to have one!
13. Third eyelid
Us humans actually retain only a tiny fold in the inner corner of the eye, which was once a third eyelid. But we no longer need it!
14. Darwin’s Point
This is a small folded point of skin which is placed towards the top of each ear. It’s occasionally found in modern humans, but not on all of them.
It’s believed to be a remnant of a larger shape that helped focus distant sounds. Pretty neat, right?
15. Subclavius muscle
The subclavius muscle is a small muscle which stretches from under the shoulder from the first rib to our collarbone.
It would be useful if humans were still walking on all fours like annimals, but we’re not so it should go!
While it’s possible for some people not to have this weird body part, what’s even weirder is that there are some people who have two!