You Can Find the Proof of Evolution in Our Own Spare Body Parts: From Third Molars to Vestigial Tails




Looking for proof of evolution? Perhaps you don’t need to look much beyond your own body. Created by Vox, the video above highlights the vestigial body parts and traits we’ve retained from earlier points in our evolutionary history. Writes Vox‘s Joss Fong:

Vestigial structures are evolution’s leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of the common ancestry we share with other animals, they show that the building blocks of the human body predate our species by hundreds of millions of years.

For a closer look at the mechanics of evolution, you can spend time with Yale’s open course, Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, which is part of our collection of Free Online Biology Courses. But if you don’t want to dig terribly deep, then start with Carl Sagan’s eight minute animated primer. It’s petty hard to beat.

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